On Saturday, Oct. 12 thousands of rubber sharks spill into Beaver Creek and families line its banks to cheer their fish across the finish line, knowing a victory means they could be driving home in the official pace car of Bristol Motor Speedway - a 2013 Ford Mustang valued at more than $38,000.

The sixth annual Sharky 500 and Kid's Expo takes places from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with the race slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Sharks are released simultaneously into the water with the day's fastest shark earning the pace car. Prizes, including a $5,000 spending spree at Grand Home Furnishings and a four-night staycation at Wilderness of the Smokies water and adventure park, are also awarded to the fourth through tenth place finishers.

Cost to purchase a shark is $10 and can be purchased at any Tri-Cities Grand Home Furnishing or by calling (855) 580-5525. Proceeds from the event benefit children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and there is no limit on the number of sharks an individual can purchase. Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes.

Along with the race, families can participate in the Kid's Expo free of charge. Featuring pumpkin painting, games, inflatables sponsored by Tele-Optics, live entertainment and more this event provides something for everyone to enjoy.

Additional event sponsors include Siemens Corporation, VIP Seen, Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies, Electric 94.9, and the Bristol Herald Courier.

Click here for more information on the event or the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.