Residents in Allegany County and the surrounding areas put the pedal to the metal in a Fourth of July extravaganza.
They all came out for the 42nd annual Elks Derby Day in Frostburg. About 37 participants ages nine through thirteen powered through the afternoon heat. The community came together to watch kids race down a hill on Main Street in their uniquely-decorated cars. Each car and participant is representing a local establishment. From long-time attendees to first timers, it was a day to keep the soap box derby tradition alive.
“I know people who did it and they said it was so much fun and I said if it’s so much fun then I want to do it too because I love fun,” said 9-year-old Cassidy Witt.
Co-chairman of Elks Derby Day, Dale Iman said, “If you’re a first time runner or driver in this race, it’s a very special day for you. Believe me, these young boys and girls are geared up for this. They’re excited.”
The first place winner of this year’s derby day received a trophy and a cash prize.