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Soap Box Derby is here

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
June 7, 2002
After weeks of practice and preparation, the weekend of the big race has finally arrived.
The American Soap Box Derby Association's Soap Box Derby in Meridian will be run Saturday with the day getting started at 2:30 p.m. The Soap Box Derby Officials will be weighing the cars today and making sure everything is ready for the race.
The race will be on 23rd Avenue with the start near the front of Central United Methodist and the finish at Ninth Street. The boys and girls were able to practice on the course a couple weeks ago and according to Director Danny Hill are ready to go.
The day is expected to be both fun and competitive as 16 drivers will compete for a chance to go to Akron, Ohio to compete against 600 other drivers from around the nation. The winner of the race in Meridian and the driver's family will travel to compete in the national competition in about a month and stay for about a week.
Saturday's race will consist of heats and brackets. There will be a winners' bracket and a losers' bracket for the drivers to advance in. The actual race with two cars going down the hill will not really decide who advances. The car with the best time on the particular lane in the heats will be able to move on. A ramp at the start will make the start fair for each car.
The cars now have weights put in to bring the speeds up and are decorated with names and designs to catch people's eyes.
An opening ceremony will get the day underway at about 2:00 in the afternoon. The ceremony will last from 30 to 45 minutes and the race will be set up and start soon after the ceremony.
There is no charge to watch the races and lawn chairs are encouraged.

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