Cove Soap Box Derby 4

John Tristan Shields Maris steers his soap box car down Haefer Lane in Cove Saturday, May 29, 2021. Maris competed in the stock division bracket at the Oregon Soap Box Derby’s Best of the West competition.

COVE — The annual Blue Mountain Dash rolls back into Cove with a full two days of racing down Haefer Lane on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25.

After years of traveling up and down the West Coast for soap box rallies, Cove resident and race director Sam Delaney brought soap box racing to Eastern Oregon. The inaugural rally in 2018 was the first race in Eastern Oregon, according to Delaney.

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Isabella Crowley is a reporter for The Observer. Contact her at 541-624-6014 or


Isabella Crowley is a reporter for The Observer. Contact her at 541-624-6014 or

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