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Small town holds big celebration for Derby champ

TARRYTOWN, GA (WTOC) -

When one thinks of a "hero's welcome," it usually includes more than 87 people.

But in tiny Tarrytown, that’s everybody in town.

All 87 of them made their way to celebrate the return of the town’s new hero: 10 year old Aidyn Driggers, fresh off winning the All-American Soap Box Derby title in Akron, OH Saturday.

"Is this the biggest thing to happen in Tarrytown in a while?" asks WTOC Sports' Jake Wallace.

"Oh absolutely," says Tarrytown mayor Jamie Hilton Mosley. "As long as I can remember, and I've been here a long time."

Driggers returned home to the small Montgomery County town Sunday, only to be surprised with a celebration put together on the fly by everyone in Tarrytown

“I can’t really explain it," smiles Aidyn. "It’s really cool.”

Driggers received the key to the city, which was carved Sunday morning. The reason it was carved just before being given is because Aidyn is Tarrytown’s very first recipient.

After that, it was handshakes, hugs, and pictures for the 10 year old champion.

"I think she's probably the celebrity of Tarrytown," laughs resident Michelle Maybin. 

There's not much to dispute that.

Handmade signs congratulating Aidyn line the town's Main Street, also known as GA-15. A marquee in someone's front yard reads "Welcome Home Aidyn, 2017 Soap Box Derby World Champ."

As for her new found fame, Aidyn is still coming to terms with it.

“It's kind of weird, and kind of cool,” she says.

The folks in Tarrytown know most have never heard of their town. But they hope their new champion will help put the town back on the map.

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