The annual Windermere Stanwood Camano Island Soap Box Derby is held every year on Camano Island, where my family lives. This was the first year my oldest son, Falco and I had the opportunity to participate in the race. Falco and I built a soap box derby kit car together from start to finish. We got to spend most evenings over the early summer building the car together.
This opportunity allowed Falco and I to work on our one-on-one bond, which we don’t usually get to spend time on since Falco is the eldest of three. We often spend time together as a family, or as we like to call it, “Lejeunekopp family time,” but this was a great chance for Falco and I to have our own special time together.
The soap box derby is held over fathers day weekend and brings together children, families, local businesses, and the community for a fun and competitive event. The event was originally created to give the community at large something to look forward to over the holiday weekend, and provide an event that families can participate in.
The competition is for children aged 7-17, and they compete in the hopes of making it to Akron, Ohio where the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships is held. The annual race has a specialized 1000 – foot track designed specifically for the event on Arrowhead Ranch. This race is the largest soap box derby west of the Mississippi, and usually draws over 100 racers and their families.
Stanwood-Camano Island Windermere and Arrowhead Ranch have been Madak’s clients for years. There was a lot of work from all three businesses that went into preparing for the race and it was nice to see the whole thing finally come together. I was able to watch the race this year as both a proud father and a proud CEO. My personal highlight of the race came when I was able to watch Falco’s face light up as he flew down the track in a soap box car that we’d proudly worked on together with my business’s logo on the side.
I’m grateful Falco had the opportunity to participate this year and that Madak had the opportunity to collaborate with our clients in this fashion. It was a memorable day for everyone involved, my family and I look forward to participating again year after year.