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Steering the Soap
Ellie Erb (left), and Maija Liimatainen, both 11, Monroe, after placing at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, July 25. Erb finished third in the Rally Stock Division and Liimatainen won the Super Stock and was named champion.
These days, it seems the majority of people only know soap box racing from what they have seen in movies like "The Little Rascals." The reality is that there are still thousands of children throughout the United States that participate in the nearly century-old sport. And, two of those drivers, Monroe's very own Maija Liimatainen and Ellie Erb, are among the very best in the entire country, which was proved, Saturday, July 25 in Akron, Ohio at the annual All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD). For the past 72 years, the AASBD has been the premier soap box event in the U.S.

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