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Gearing up for Berlin Bathtub Races Friday night

Berlin Chamber of Commerce’s 34th Berlin Bathtub Races will commence at 6 p.m., this Friday, downtown.

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Sheppard Realty’s Gussie Sholtis and Kyle Hill leave Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall and Councilman Jack Orris in their dust on their way to securing a victory during a past heat of the Berlin Bathtub Races. This year’s event is set for Friday. .
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By Bethany Hooper, Associate Editor

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Berlin Bathtub Races will commence at 6 p.m., Friday, downtown.

The 34th installment of the event will feature a host of competitors racing modified bathtubs down Main Street for a chance at bragging rights and a winning trophy. 

Ryan Nellans, the chamber’s executive director, said last week that this year’s event was already one of the most popular to date with a record number of teams registered. 

Each year, participating businesses show off their speed and pageantry by racing their modified bathtubs in a series of heats, with the final two teams left competing for the trophy. The bathtubs themselves must be authentic and homemade and capable of holding at least two gallons of water. Wheels can be no bigger than 26 inches, and the tubs must have breaks and steering.

The winning team will have their name added to the Turner Cup, which will return from its winterlong display at the Worcester County Recreation and Parks facility in Snow Hill. The trophy pays homage to Jesse Turner, a longtime Berlin business owner who helped start the races and went on to win them several times. 

The event will also feature an opening parade, as well as carnival snack vendors onsite. For the third consecutive year, WBOC’s Delmarva Sports Network will be broadcasting the event live.

For more information on the Berlin Bathtub Races, visit the events page on the Berlin Chamber of Commerce website.

This story appears in the June 13, 2024, print edition of the Bayside Gazette.