No camping for this year's derby competitors - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

No camping for this year's derby competitors

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A more than 50-year-old tradition will come to an end at next week's All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron.

The 432 young champions from around the country won't be put up at a camp to enjoy activities such as horseback riding, swimming and singing around campfires.

Derby officials say there isn't a camp big enough to accommodate everyone.

Last year, only champions in the stock and super stock division attended the camp. The masters and rally champs didn't get to go.

Derby general manager Jeff Iula says trustees decided it wasn't fair if all the youngsters couldn't attend the camp.

So this year, Soap Box Derby contestants will stay in University of Akron dorms and local hotels.

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