It was another fun filled year at the Canton Carnival of Wheels. This FREE family friendly community event features Street Rods, Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Race Cars, Tractors, Trucks, Motorcycles, Hot Wheel Races, Valve Cover Races, Musical Entertainment, Kids Activities, Food and more.
All types and models of cars filled the parking lots of Stark State College and Kent State University Stark Campus. Some of our favorites included a Lamborghini, the Corvettes (from the Z06 to vintage), a vintage Firetruck and Ambulance, and a Ferrari. There were so many classic cars and trucks to check out.
Around the perimeter of the parking lot, booths were set up by the local businesses who had sponsored the event. Nearly every booth had a quick game or small gift. My kids each won a small stuffed bear, a frisbee, enjoyed complimentary cupcakes, had their faces painted and met several mascots including the stark parks mascot FeLeap. I picked up a flashlight key chain and some chip clips. It's the small things that make me happy!
FREE Hot Wheel Car Races at Canton Carnival of Wheels
While we enjoyed the entire event, our favorite attraction was the hot wheel races. As soon as we arrived, we walked over to the booth so our kids could select their hot wheel car and sign up to participate. Did I mention that it is completely free?
During the event, two racers compete head to head to advance to the next round. Racers names are randomly pulled from a hat, so you don't know who you'll be up against. Once your name is drawn, you hand over your car and it is placed at the top of the ramp (shown above). Once both cars are in position, a switch is flipped and the crowd watches as the cars zip down the ramp towards the finish line.
There is a light on each side of the finish line, and the car that reaches it first triggers the its light to turn on. This is necessary because some races are too close to call without the assistance of the light.
The winners of each race advance to the next round until the last car is eliminated and the winner is announced. The top three racers each receive a trophy. While neither of my kids made it past round two, it was fun to watch the winning children (and parents) get excited about their victory.
It is evident that the individuals who organize the Hot Wheel Races truly love children because not only do they give the winners trophies, but they also give out a large amount of door prizes to the other children after the race is over. Each of my kids received a very nice model car. It was the highlight of their day.
This is our second year attending the Carnival of Wheels and we plan on going again next year too.
How about you? Did you attend this years Carnival of Wheels? If so, what part did you like most?