AKRON, Ohio - The All-American Soap Box Derby is allowing its northeast Ohio facility to be used for more private and public outside events as it works to improve its once-bleak financial picture.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports use of the Akron facility had been limited to derby races because officials worried the asphalt track could be damaged. But the nonprofit has opened the track and its buildings to use by other organizations.
President Joe Mazur estimates events such as races, camps and corporate meetings at Derby Downs could generate $30,000 to $50,000 annually. This year's events include a youth leadership group meeting, a fundraising foot race, and summer camps for youngsters to build derby race cars.
Mazur says such events could build publicity and shouldn't damage the track.