Grown-Ups Welcome in Wisp's Cardboard Box Derby

Who ever said that box car derbies were just for kids? Indulge in your childhood fantasy at the annual Cardboard Box Derby at Wisp Resort (296 Marsh Hill Road, Deep Creek Lake, Md.), which is option to all ages.

The event is open to all ages and  part of a full weekend of fun at the resort  from March 16-18. The derby is Saturday, March 17. Registration begins at 1 p.m and judging runs until 1:30 p.m. Categories for prizes include design, speed and judge’s choice.

"People really go all out for these things," said event coordinator Rick Schiff. "Some of the designs are fantastic." In the past, he's seen a firetruck, a pirate ship and a limo.

Not too shabby, considering participants are limited in building materials to cardboard, tape and string.

The race starts at 3 p.m. Full rules for entry are available online. There is a $20 minimum donation entry fee for individuals and a $50 minimum for businesses.

The derby is the principal fundraiser for the Deep Creek Lions Club's Blind Skier Program, which brings children from the Maryland School for the Blind to the resort to ski.

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