NEWS

Beautiful sunshine forecast for Saturday’s Kinetic Derby Day – Merchants excited

Kinetic Derby Day is the biggest event of the spring. It takes place on Meeting and State streets in West Columbia from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Saturday (April 23.) The weather forecast is mostly sunny, with a high temperature of 83 degrees.

“It will be the most-beautiful day of spring,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. “Bring your family to the West Side and enjoy Kinetic Derby Day. My family will be there and my daughters, Cate and Charlotte, will be behind the wheel in the soapbox derby races.” Miles also encouraged visitors to go to the Soiree on State in Cayce after Kinetic Derby ends.

Businesses in the area are taking advantage of the large crowd that will be on hand for Kinetic Derby Day.
“We’re incredibly excited about Kinetic Derby,” said George Grogan of Always Original Bakery at 501 Meeting St. “It’s right at our front door.”

Grogan said Always Original will set up a tent in their parking lot Saturday and serve breakfast options in the morning and bakery favorites all day. “Kinetic Derby Day is the biggest thing to happen since we opened. We’re very thankful to the City of West Columbia for providing this event for the people to enjoy.”

Just across from Always Original, Nordan and Foster Upholstery is observing more than just Kinetic Derby Day.  
Nordan and Foster Upholstery, at 500 Meeting Street, is celebrating its 71st Anniversary  from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Drop by Nordan and Foster Upholstery for hot dogs and cake.

“We’re really looking forward to Kinetic Derby Day and all the people at our doorstep,” said Kathy Foster, who owns Nordan and Foster Upholstery with her son, Houston Nordan. “We’re very thankful that the City of West Columbia is having this event.”

Kinetic Derby Day Features

  • Ferris Wheel at State and Meeting Streets
  • West Columbia PD vs Cayce PD soapbox racing
  • Child side-by-side soapbox racing, from 10 a.m. until noon
  • Adult side-by-side soapbox racing, from 10 a.m. until noon
  • Exhibition soapbox runs for younger children on State Street throughout the day
  • Timed soapbox obstacle course from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Meeting Street

West Columbia Interactive Art Park – live art demonstrations

  • Expanded Artisan Market at 425 Meeting St. (Special Time 10 AM – 3:30 PM)

Kinetic Derby Day food trucks

  • Café Strudel
  • The Haute Dog Lady
  • P&S New Jersey Style Cheese Steak Subs
  • Kona Ice


Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands “Kids Zone”

  • STEAM Demonstrations  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals Robotics demo on State Street
  • JT’s Kia electric cars on State Street
  • Kid’s soapbox building and painting

Free parking

  • City of West Columbia Parking Garage at the corner of State Street and Court Avenue;
  • River District Baptist Church, 400 State St.:
  • Capitol Square in the 400 block of Sunset Blvd
  • Caraway Park at the Riverwalk, 212 Hudson St. 
  • Interactive Art Park, 425 Meeting Street

Kinetic Derby Day Sponsors are:

Merchants are excited
  • House of Raeford;
  • Savage Craft Ale Works
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals;
  • Mooneyhan’s Auto Service;
  • Adluh Flour;
  • TSG (The Sourcing Group);
  • NAI Columbia;
  • Something Borrowed;
  • Graphic Source
  • JT’s Kia;
  • Lowe’s;
  • Aflac;
  • Professional Printers;
  • WXRY;
  • Boys and Girls Club;
  • Brookland United Methodist Church;
  • County of Lexington;
  • Giles Brothers Insurance;
  • DIY Lender;
  • The Jasper Project;
  • First Community Bank;
  • Faithful Marketing Events