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This year's Handcar Derby will be held in Folsom at the railroad tracks near East Bidwell and Broadstone Parkway. The dates are April 30th for the orientations and time trials and May 1st for the racing. Each day begins at 9:00am and goes until 3:00pm. There will also be booths, handcar rides opposite the handcar races, and more. For full details, please visit the official Folsom Handcar Derby Site⇒
The Folsom Handcar Derby has been around more than 20 years. This event, founded by the Folsom, El Dorado, and Sacramento Historical Railroad Association (FEDSHRA), has been a local favorite event for many since 1991. It offers teams from many local businesses, groups, and charities to compete and see who can get their handcar to cross the finish line in the fastest time. There are other competitions as well to showcase strength and endurance of individuals, but the handcar race is the central focus. This is the only event known in the world to feature quadripede racing!
Even if you don't compete in the derby, it's fun to watch and there are other things to do. Come join us for a day of racing, excitement, train rides, and other activities!