AKRON -- The 76th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby lived up to its billing, bringing young racers in from around the world and giving a multimillion dollar boost to Akron's economy.
Joe Mazur, the president of the derby, said the goal was to make the week "like Disney World" for over 400 participants and their families who came from as far away as Japan and New Zealand to compete.
It's also a family affair. Many people in the stands said they were watching the third or fourth generations of their families compete in the derby.
"I'm a little nervous," said racer Tucker McClaran, before adding that it was "new and fun" to be there.
The entrants compete in a total of more than 600 qualifying races just for the chance to come to Akron and race.