Bathtubs invade Berlin for 28th annual races

It was absolutely beautiful weather conditions for one of the Maryland Eastern Shore's most treasured summer traditions, the Berlin Bathtub Races.  The Main Street area was packed for the 28th annual event.

An estimated crowd of over 1,000 lined Main Street to get a glimpse of the spectacle.

According to Ivy Wells, Director of Economic and Community Development, the event helps merchants line their pockets.

"I always ask the merchants, 'so how'd you do,' and sometimes I'm a little skeptical, but when I see a crowd like this I know they've done well.  I'll peak into some of the bars and you can't even get in there's a wait."

Wells went on to say events like this showcase everything the town has to offer, specifically to beach-goers from Ocean City and Assateague who come to Berlin as their hang-out spot after their long beach days.

"It makes the public aware of our town to people who have never been here before come back after seeing this," said Mike Wiley, the self-proclaimed Unofficial Parade Martial.

The race is also a way for businesses to get their brands in the bathtubs and some easy advertising.

As for the race, competitors create their cars using ordinary bathtubs and their creativity.

They compete in a bracket style format with heats ongoing for about an hour.  Everyone had their eyes set on the ultimate goal, the Winner Takes All Trophy.

Team Harrison, a family-owned roofing company out of Rockville, took home the prize.

Aside from bragging rights for a year, the winners of the event also take home a free banner ad on the Berlin Chamber of Commerce's website, a $400 value.

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