The Sharpie 500 is the most popular race in NASCAR and now the Sharky 500 may be the biggest race on water.

And while the inaugural Sharky 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway will provide plenty of excitement Oct. 4, there also will be an abundance of other activities for children of all ages to enjoy at the Kids Expo.

The Sharky 500, a rubber shark race, takes place in Beaver Creek at 1:30 p.m. Dumped simultaneously into the stream on the north side of the BMS property, the sharks drift 1500 feet --- 500 yards --- to the finish line.

Just like race winners at Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway, to the victor goes the spoils. The winning shark earns its owner a Centurion Falcon V Air Warrior boat and trailer, valued at $40,000.

A number of other prizes will be given away, including a room makeover by Grand Home Furnishings --- a $5,000 value. Participants are not required to be present to win.

The Kids Expo, which runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., features a number of child-friendly activities, along with interactive booths and entertainment.

Set up in Hospitality Village, adjacent to Beaver Creek, the Kids Expo will feature the Wellmont One helicopter, a design-a-pumpkin station, the Bays Mountain Birds of Prey exhibit, Rocky Mount 18th Century Games, the Blackbird Bakery Pastry Walk, the Voice Magazine Halloween Arts and Crafts exhibition, a National Weather Service exhibit, the Bristol Virginia Police Department's Jailbird character, McGruff the Crime Dog from the Bristol Virginia Sheriff's Department, Firepup, a character from the Bristol Virginia Fire Department, Bristol Tennessee Fire Department fire trucks and the Fun for All "Cars" inflatable.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department also will bring out their K-9 and motorcycle units, the DREAM car, a SWAT team member and equipment, the mounted patrol, auxiliary and DNA kits for parents, along with fingerprinting, and the Sullivan County Animal Shelter will have animals available for adoption.

Beginning at 11 a.m. entertainment on the stage includes the Barter Theatre acting workshop, the David Vaught Magic Show, and singer McKenna Andrews. A number of food vendors will be at the event, including Java J's, which will be giving out free snow cones.

Sharks currently are being sold at the BMS ticket office for $10 each. There is no limit to the number that may be purchased.

Proceeds from the Sharky 500 benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities which has raised in excess of $4 million in the last 11 years for children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

"We feel like this is going to be a tremendous success," said Claudia Byrd, director of the Bristol Chapter of SCC. "It's going to be a lot of fun, somebody will win this fabulous boat and we're going to raise a great deal of money for children in this area.

"The boat is a wonderful first prize and we have a number of other prizes too for the folks who have some of the highest finishing sharks in the race. For only $10 people will not just have the chance to win some really great prizes but they'll also be supporting a very worthy cause."