AKRON -- The decades-long tradition is back again in Akron. It's time for the All-American Soap Box Derby.

While some preliminary festivities got underway Sunday, Monday is the opening ceremony that really kicks things off.

The opening ceremony is in Lock 3 in Downtown Akron, followed by a slate of late afternoon and evening activities.

MORE: All-American Soap Box Derby website

As the name implies, the derby consists of young competitors and their homemade race carts that are only moved by the slope of a hill. The first derby was actually in Dayton in 1934, but moved to Akron the following year.

A week of festivities leads up to race day on Saturday, July 26.

PLANNER: Full day-to-day 2014 Soap Box Derby schedule

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