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Auburn becomes funky town

Auburn Funk Box Derby takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown
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It’s a funky Sunday as the Auburn Funk Box Derby rolls on today in Downtown Auburn after an 18-year absence. More than 15 uniquely designed derby cars will parade up to the top of Lincoln Way starting at 11 a.m., and then head down the street, all the way to Cleveland Avenue, starting at 12:30 p.m. The event, which is free to spectators, gets started with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., hosted by the Auburn Jeep Club. The cost of the breakfast will be $5. From 8 to 10:30 a.m. spectators have a chance to cast their vote for the people’s choice derby car award through a raffle donation system that will benefit Seniors First and the Active 20-30 International Club. Memorabilia will be available in the form of T-shirts, hats and pins and vendor booths will also be set up for the race. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by the parade at 11 a.m. The rolling gets going at 12:30 p.m. “The real accomplishment will be to see the sidelines and see all the people sitting on the hay bales,” said Keith Hentschel of the Auburn Funk Box Derby. “And to be able to connect with the old derby.” ~ Andrew DiLuccia