Annual Bathtub Races Return To Berlin Tonight


BERLIN – For 20 plus years, local businesses have been turning ordinary bathtubs into rolling works of art and during Berlin’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll on July 12 the Berlin Chamber of Commerce will once again host this popular event.

The Berlin Bathtub Races have generated friendly, competitive energy for local businesses and excited anticipation for all those who come out to watch.

The race is open to anyone who wants to compete. Businesses, old and new, are strongly encouraged to participate. It is an excellent way to advertise while having fun at the same time.

The Atlantic Hotel was the first winner of the Bathtub Races in 1991. Barrett Chevrolet and Irie Radio will continue their rivalry. Ayers Creek and Baked Desserts have teamed up the past two years and this partnership has earned first place both years. PNC Bank and Burley Oak, always crowd favorites, will be giving it their all to take the title from Ayers Creek/Baked Desserts.  The Church Mouse, Berlin Coffee House and Pittsville Motors are among the other businesses that will be sponsoring heats to bring the energy during this event to a whole new level.

Starting at 5 p.m., bathtubs will be lined up and on display at the new Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center at 14 South Main Street. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., the tubs will parade down Main Street to race central. The official race begins at 6:30 p.m.

Register your business today for a tub The bathtub registration fee is $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Heat sponsorships are $100. Rules and registration information is available at or by calling the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410- 641-4775.

While in town, be sure to check out Berlin’s 2nd Friday Arts Stroll from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each month, with galleries and shops open late, showcasing works of local artists and artisans along with music in the streets for everyone’s enjoyment.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.