- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Organizers say a chance for children to take a free test run at the All-American Soap Box Derby track in northeast Ohio drew a much larger crowd than anticipated.

The Akron Beacon Journal (https://bit.ly/1iIjjfc ) reports more than 2,000 people showed up at Derby Downs on Sunday, with some waiting in line for as long as three hours.

President Joe Mazur says the event was meant to boost interest in the derby by giving children an opportunity to try it for themselves. It was open to children age 7 and older, and each rider was allowed two trips down the hill.

First, though, volunteers went over some basic operating instructions on steering and braking. Riders also got some tips on fundamentals from former derby superstock car champ Amy Getz.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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