The moment the 430 or so racers and their families have been waiting for finally arrived on Wednesday.
It was time to make trial runs down the fabled hill at Akron’s Derby Downs in preparation of Saturday’s 76th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.
Today runs will continue in the Rally Challenge event and parents will have an opportunity to make a run down the hill in the afternoon. From 5 to 9 p.m. the Topside Show open house will be held.
Friday marks the running of the National Super Kids Classic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The national championship race runs Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.
And Sunday marks packing day at Derby Downs as racers collect their cars and equipment and head home.