MARTINS FERRY - The Martins Ferry Soap Box Derby is less than a month away with the first event on the busy schedule coming up this Wednesday.
Boys and girls wishing to participate must be at least 8 years old by June 9 and cannot be age 16 on race day. Registration forms can be picked up at the chamber office, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The pre-race clinic for drivers and parents is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion in Martins Ferry.
Picture day for the drivers will be held the following Wednesday, May 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to The Times Leader at 200 S. 4th St.
Drivers will need to bring the shell of their car for the picture. Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and will later be included in the color special section The Times Leader publishes prior to race day. All drivers are encouraged to attend.
The trial runs down Hanover Street will be held the Sunday preceding race day on June 2. The first group of racers will head down the hill at 9 a.m. and the trials will conclude at 1 p.m.
Drivers are asked to register for their desired testing hour by calling the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce at 740-633-2565.
Car inspections will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4-5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Martins Ferry School District Bus Garage. Inspection times are handed out at half-hour intervals up until 8:30 p.m. each evening.
Drivers are again asked to call ahead of time to sign up for your preferred inspection time.
All drivers must wear the soap box derby helmet which costs $16. The registration fee is $40 per driver, payable by either the driver or the car's sponsor.
The 21st annual Great Race will be held Sunday, June 9 with a 10 a.m. The National Anthem will officially kick off the day's activities at 9:30 a.m.