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78th Annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby

Derby Downs in Akron, OH. (Source: Soap Box Derby Facebook page) Derby Downs in Akron, OH. (Source: Soap Box Derby Facebook page)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

More than 400 youth and young adults and their families will be in Akron, Ohio, next week of activities leading up to the 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs next Saturday.

The boys and girls, ages 7-to-20, have earned the trip to Akron by winning local Soap Box Derby competitions in their gravity-powered race cars. They will  also travel from cities throughout the United States, as well as from Canada, New Zealand, and Japan.

Sunday, July 19
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Shell Reattachment/Optional Trial Runs, Etc. for VIP Cars
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Ultimate Speed - Inspections and Practice Runs 
1 - 6 p.m. - Shell Reattachment/Optional Trial Runs, Etc. for Non-VIP Cars
Monday, July 20
8 - 10 a.m. & 3 - 5 p.m. - Shell Reattachment/Repairs/Optional Trial Runs/Etc.
9 a.m. - Noon - Ultimate Speed - Inspections and Practice Runs
Noon - Parade of Champions, Main Street in Akron: Canal Park to Lock 3
12:30 – 3 p.m. - Opening Ceremony, Lock 3          
Tuesday, July 21
8 a.m. - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Masters
10 a.m. - SUBWAY® Challenge - Local Masters
Noon - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Stock
2 p.m. - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Super Stock    
Wednesday, July 22
8 a.m. - SUBWAY® Challenge - Local Super Stock
11 a.m. - SUBWAY® Challenge - Local Stock 
Thursday, July 23
8 a.m. - Ultimate Speed Xootr Wheel Race
1:30 p.m. - Parents Race
4 p.m. - DQ Rally Challenge, SUBWAY® Challenge, International Challenge Finals
5 – 7 p.m. - Open Hill, Whitey Wahl Pavilion Starting Line
5 – 9 p.m. - Topside Show open house
6 – 9 p.m. - Build and Battle Competition
Friday, July 24
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. - National Super Kids Classic, Derby Downs
Saturday, July 25
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. - 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
Approx. 2 p.m. - Mayor's Cup Race, Derby Downs
7 p.m. - Awards Ceremony, Akron Civic Theatre
 
Derby Downs is at 789 Derby Downs Drive, Akron, Ohio, 44306 and is located along George Washington Boulevard, just north of Rt. 224 in the southeast area of Akron.  It is adjacent to Akron Fulton Airport and the Rubber Bowl.

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