While parents have visions of a 2010 Ford Mustang dancing  in their heads, younger family members have the Kid’s Expo to keep them entertained at the Third Annual Sharky 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Oct. 16.

The free Kid’s Expo is one of the most popular parts of the Sharky 500, a Speedway Children’s Charities rubber shark race that raises funds for agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

A number of activities are on tap at the Kid’s Expo, including pumpkin bowling, hula hoop and limbo contests, pumpkin decorating, bobbing for apples, and a book walk, to name a few. Kids also get temporary tattoos, play on inflatable bouncers and climb the rock wall, if so inclined.

The Sullivan County Animal Shelter is on hand with adoptable dogs and cats while the Japan Karate-Do Organization teaches kids karate kicks and Tennessee Power Tumbling gives trampoline performances, as well as teach kids how to cheer. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 unit is on site and finger printing is available.

Live entertainment is CB Squared, a local band consisting of four teenagers, Colt Birchfield, Brandon Mooney, Melanie Glenn and Boone Wallace.

The Kid’s Expo takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with the Sharky 500 at 1:30 p.m.

The shark race takes place on Beaver Creek between the Speedway and Bristol Dragway with sharks released simultaneously into the creek. The first ones across the finish line score some amazing prizes, including the 2010 Mustang GT BMS pace car (valued at more than $32,000), provided by Tri-Cities Ford Dealers. Second-place is $5,000 in merchandise from Grand Home Furnishings while the third-place shark wins its owner four tickets to anywhere American Airlines flies in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), Canda, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Winners do not have to be present in order to claim their prizes. Sharks are $10 each and there is no limit on the number an individual can purchase.

The sharks are available online at www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org, as well as the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office, Tri-Cities Grand Home Furnishing locations and the Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City. Food City also will sell the sharks at their Piney Flats, Blountville and Volunteer Parkway (Bristol, Tenn.) locations. The sharks will be sold at BMS until one hour prior to the race Oct. 16.

Last year, more than 6,600 sharks were purchased with all proceeds benefitting the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The Bristol Chapter of SCC has raised more than $5.5 million in the last 13 years to benefit children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.