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Third Annual Hillbilly 500 Kicks Off At Noon
Updated August 2, 2013 11:10 AM
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(MITCHELL) - The Third Annual 2013 Hillbilly 500 race will kick off at Noon in Mitchell.

Last year 35 racers of all ages competed and more than 800 spectators cheered them on and this year organizers are hoping for more.

The race isn't a soapbox derby -- it's a "hillbilly" race, meaning that the carts resemble hillbilly jalopies with only steering, brakes and four wheels in common.

There are no motors; the carts are required to free-roll down a ramp for 500 feet. The first one across the finish line wins.

Organizers Dan Kemple, Eddie McLain, Kellie Kemple, Jim Gaddis, Ron Marsh and Doug Duncan hope this year draw a larger crowd.

The race kicks off at noon. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the top of the railroad overpass on Teke Burton Drive near Orchard Street, behind Hoosier Hills Credit Union.

Participants only need to donate a food or toiletry item for the Lawrence InterFaith Endeavor food pantry the day to race. Spectators also are asked to bring donations to help those in need.

The race will feature four age groups: kids ages 5-8, kids ages 9-13, teens ages 14-17 and adults older than 18. Teke Burton Drive will close from just north of Orchard Street down to Main Street for the race.

McLain says there will also be free games for children 5-years-old and younger at Mitchell Motors and the Living Well parking lots during the event. Concessions will also be sold.

Those interested in helping or seeking more information can visit the website,, find "Mitchell Hillbilly 500 Race" on Facebook or call McLain at 278-1317 or Kemple at 583-3359.

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