With their bathtub filled with water, the Casey’s General Store team was ready to head for the bathtub race during the 8th annual Summer Social on the Square Saturday.

“I felt like this was a good community effort and something for my team to get to know each other off work,” said Adina Brown, who became store manager of the Casey’s General Store of the Neosho Boulevard in April.

This was their first time to participate in the bathtub race, Brown said. They have been preparing for the race for about the last six to seven weeks.

“We had a lot of trouble finding a bathtub,” she said. “When we finally found a bathtub, the frame that we had broke, so we had to find another frame. Joplin Supply Co. donated that to us, once they found out that this was a community effort for the Shriners. West 60 Cycle donated the frame, welded it up and put it together for us.”

There were four competitors during the race — which took place on the south side of the square — and they were divided into two races.

Asked if they had been practicing for this event, Brown said no.

“We probably should have been, but we practiced on the way from our (tent) set up over (by CBT),” she said. “I think that we have got a rhythm.”

To participate, teams had to have four runners push the bathtub, and then a driver.

Casey’s bathtub driver was L.B. Kidd.

“I am glad to drive, I am glad that I don’t have to run,” Kidd said. “Luckily, I have really short legs, it is easy for me to just sit Indian style and steer.”

Asked how they were going to stay ahead of their competition during the race, Brown said, “we are going to try to distract them. We have a water blaster in our driver’s hand that we are going to spray everybody and try to get them to lose their hold on the bathtub and we are going to be beating feet.”

Casey’s came in second during their race.

Other events during the summer social included  children’s games, bounce houses, music, and wheelbarrow races.

The evening also included a Tumble Town demonstration.