The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 10, 2012

It's all downhill: Soapbox derby Saturday morning in Sharpsville

Lube wings, Lock Stock sandwiches at center of municipal 'bet'

By Joy Leiker
Herald Staff Writer

SHARPSVILLE — The talk is flying as fast and furious as the soapbox derby cars will fly down the hill of Seventh Street in Sharpsville Saturday.

Sure the event is a fundraiser - drivers paid $30 each for a chance to get behind the wheel of a soapbox derby car - and their money will help pay for a race in June so children with special needs can do the same.

But the Greater Pennsylvania Super Kids Adult Fundraiser really is a time for adults to act like kids again.

If you come to the race - and really, the perfect weather forecast should make this a must-see event - be prepared to see some teams having a lot of fun. Matching T-shirts and uniforms are not out of the question.

And on Wednesday night came the first public challenge.

Sharpsville Mayor Alex Kovach proudly holds a 4-0 record against the mayor or city manager of Sharon, and he boasted of that during the Wednesday night council meeting.

By the end of the night, there was an idea of a challenge. Solicitor Joe Joseph suggested a bet between Kovach and Sharon City Manager Scott Andrejchak.

If Kovach keeps his winning streak alive, Andrejchak owes the Sharpsville council a feast of the famous wings from Quaker Steak and Lube in Sharon. If Andrejchak wins, Sharpsville owes the city of Sharon food from Lock Stock and Barrel.

"We'll put our money where your mouth is," Joseph quipped.

Andrejchak isn't afraid of his underdog status.

"Sharon is known as the Friendly City, but the people in Sharpsville shouldn't be fooled by our good nature. People from Sharon never shrink from a challenge, especially one that involves wings or an Italian Nightmare. I look forward to breaking Sharpsville's winning streak on Saturday," Andrejchak said.

The Greater Pennsylvania Super Kids Adult Fundraiser begins at 11 a.m. Seventh Street will be closed from Milliken Avenue to Ridge Avenue, and access to both Oak Street and Pierce Avenue will be blocked.