It’s soapbox derby time!

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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In last week’s Folsom Telegraph, you read about a very special event coming to Folsom’s Historic District this weekend. It’s the inaugural Folsom Soap Box Derby and this is a must-see event for members of the community.

After last week’s edition, I received a phone call from Folsom’s beloved bakery owner Karen Holmes, who is one of the key organizers of this event. As I listened to the message, Karen was praising the Telegraph’s coverage of this first-time event. When she spoke of the column I had written about my younger days that were spent riding a variety of make shift racers with my childhood friends that led me to many years commentating area auto races, we had a great chat filled with laughs and references to the days of hometown fun.

The conversation climaxed when Karen told me that she and the members of the Historic District all felt that I would be the ideal announcer for this special event coming to our great city on Saturday and Sunday. I must say, I’m very honored at this request. Since coming to the Telegraph several years ago, I’ve made it a priority to engage with our community whenever possible.

So, here I was listening to this honorable request, but faced with a dilemma. This weekend, I have several other commitments at events and with the family. In this position, oftentimes my family has to be very patient with my busy schedules on evenings and weekends, and this is one of those weekends that I have to be part of their life.

So how did we solve this? Well, I called Adam Frick, of course. Adam is well-known in this community in many ways for his role with his community-based Folsom TV and his involvement with the local chamber as well as the long-time emcee of the Telegraph’s annual Best of the Best awards. 

After he too was able to shuffle some things around, I am happy to report that the inaugural Folsom Soap Box Derby will be commentated by Adam and myself, which will allow me to balance my other commitments and still be a part of this great community event. We will be joined by an official announcer from the American Soap Box Derby who will handle all of the technical information that the two of us are certainly not qualified to expel from our vocal chords that are often known for colorful content.

As two local “news and event guys,” we plan to do our best to help make this event fun and we want you to join us. Plan to visit Historic Folsom this Saturday and Sunday as we wave the green flag on two days of good old-fashioned hometown fun beginning at 10 a.m. The Telegraph will also have post-coverage of this event in next week’s edition.

Bill Sullivan is the associate publisher of Gold Country Media and can be reached at