Bristol, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Vance Klondike Derby
The Klondike Derby is an annual outdoor winter event where Boy Scout patrols compete at stations featuring tests of their Scouting skills, while transporting their gear on a homemade sledge. Throughout the decades, the Klondike Derby has provided hundreds of Scouts with the opportunity to develop leadership and citizenship skills that they will carry with them for life.
In 1970, the second Saturday in February was officially proclaimed Klondike Derby Day in Bristol, Virginia. Each year, the Klondike Derby convenes in downtown Bristol, prominently showcasing activities that inspire community and build awareness of Scouting. In 2013, the derby was renamed the Vance Klondike Derby to honor the Vance family's contributions to Scouting.
Topics. This historical marker is listed Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 36° 35.711′ N, 82° 10.851′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Virginia. Marker is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (Virginia Route 113) north of State Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the east side of a bank parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 State Street, Bristol VA 24201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bristol (within shouting distance of this marker in Tennessee); Historic Bristol (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Bristol (within shouting distance of this marker in Tennessee); First Country and Western Recording (within shouting distance of this marker in Tennessee); Bristol Union Railway Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi Country: The Bristol Sessions (within shouting distance of this marker in Tennessee); Confederate Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker in Tennessee); Jimmie Rodgers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.