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One of the big events in the Northeast Ohio area is the All-American Soap Box Derby. People from all over the U.S. compete in the hopes of qualifying for the derby in nearby Akron, Ohio. when I was in junior high, I actually competed in the local Soapbox Derby Queen Contest. I didn't win, but I did make it to the finals. I met a lot of nice girls, made some cool memories and got to ride in a few parades (commence with the elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist wave).
The race, which began when a newspaper photographer noticed few boys racing the homemade, engine-less cars down a hill in Dayton, Ohio in 1933, has become a family tradition for many of the racers who now have children and/or grandchildren who compete as well. The AASBD website has a comprehensive history of the derby. Over 170 communities in the U.S. now hold AASBD qualifying events for children ages 8-17.
You might also be interested in this video of All-American Soap Box Derby preparations from Ohio.com. There are a few related videos that follow, so feel free to sit back and watch them all with your kids! Who knows, there may be a future derby champ in your home right now.