Thousands will line Meeting and State streets in West Columbia for Kinetic Derby Day, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., on April 23. The big day is less than a month away.
And West Columbia River District businesses will take advantage of the opportunity and market to the big crowd.
“There are several businesses in our organization who will be participating in Kinetic Derby Day,” said Steve Cohen, president of the WECO River District Merchants Association. “Several businesses are sponsoring a soap box car and other businesses could possibly set up vending booths in their parking lot.”
“Right now we know that D’s Wings, Nordan and Foster Custom Upholstery, State Street Trading Co. and Something Borrowed will sponsor a soap box car,” Cohen said. “These are all WECO River District businesses and they want to make sure the visitors on Kinetic Derby Day get the chance to see their names. We are thankful that the City of West Columbia provides an event Kinetic Derby Day and the chance to find out about what we have to offer.”
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Lainie Lewis is the owner of State Street Trading Co. at 134 State St.
`Kinetic Derby Day is an opportunity to market my business and support Kinetic Derby Day for the city,” she said. “I totally believe in the effort to bring a big family crowd.”
Lewis also said she has lots of traffic in her store during Kinetic Derby day and many who come in to see what she sells will come back and buy.
“The Kinetic Derby Day crowd is the gift that keeps on giving,” said Lewis. “They say ‘I’ll be back’ and they come back.”
Kinetic Derby Day Events listed below
There will still be child and adult side-by-side soapbox racing, from 10 a.m. until noon. Exhibition soapbox runs will also be available for younger children on State Street throughout the day. What’s new? A timed soapbox obstacle course from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Meeting Street.
Also new are six food trucks at Kinetic Derby Day and two flavored ice trucks. The food trucks planned are: Cafe Strudel: Primal; The Haute Dog Lady; Dupre Catering; P&S New Jersey Style Cheese Steak Subs; and Kelaguen Express. Kona Ice and Philly Flava 2 will also be at Kinetic Derby Day.
West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park will be open for Kinetic Derby Day. There will be an expanded Artisan Market in the shelter beside the park. There will also be live art demonstrations throughout the Kinetic Derby Day area.
On State Street, Kinetic Derby Day will feature a “Kids Zone” set up by The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands and a mini STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) festival with demonstrations and interactive participation.
Nephron Pharmaceuticals, a Kinetic Derby Day sponsor, will have a booth at the STEAM event and JT’s Kia,another sponsor, will have an electric car there.
Also new for this year’s Kinetic Derby Day is more available parking. Free parking lots will be open at: The 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 Boulevard and Caraway Park at the Riverwalk, 212 Hudson St.
Kinetic Derby Day Sponsors are:
- House of Raeford;
- Nephron Pharmaceuticals;
- Mooneyhan’s Auto Service;
- Adluh Flour;
- TSG (The Sourcing Group);
- NAI Columbia;
- Something Borrowed;
- JT’s Kia;
- Professional Printers;
- Boys and Girls Club;
- Brookland United Methodist Church;
- County of Lexington;
- Giles Brothers Insurance;
- DIY Lender;
- The Jasper Project;
- First Community Bank
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