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Berlin Chamber presents 26th Bathtub Races, July 17

(July 9, 2015) One of Berlin’s quirkiest – and most popular – events returns next Friday from 6-8 p.m.
Presented by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, the 26th annual Bathtub Races will pit area businesses and organizations against each other in a competition that, as the name suggests, involves racing bathtub-like vehicles that must be able to hold a minimum of two gallons of water.
Creativity is encouraged, but all tubs are required to have brakes and a steering mechanism and wheels are limited to no larger than 26 inches. One driver is allowed per craft, and at least one rider, wearing a helmet, must be inside the vehicle for the entirety of the race. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.
Several heats will determine the champion, who will take home the illustrious “Winner Takes All” trophy, year-long bragging rights, and a free banner ad on the chamber’s website.
New chamber Administrative Assistant Morgan Coulson said she’s looking forward to her first Bathtub Race.
“We have a whole new administrative team this year, and we’re hoping the event will be more exciting than ever,” she said. “Not only are the bathtub races fun, but they’re a great opportunity for chamber members to meet, network and have a chance to promote their local businesses. The chamber is thrilled to support the members of the community, and we’re expecting a great turnout.
“The bathtub races are just another example of the kind of quirky, unique event that makes Berlin America’s coolest small town, and we’re happy to be back hosting it,” Coulson added.
This year the Bayside Gazette will enter its own top-secret vessel.
“We’re in it to win it,” Publisher Elaine Brady said. “We’re putting the finishing touches on our racer, and we’re confident our team will make headlines this year.”
The entry fee is $75 per tub for chamber members, or $100 for nonmembers. Sponsorships are also available.
For more information, call 410-641-4775 or visit