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National Earl Day

National Earl Day is "dedicated to those with a particular qualification and a genuine capacity for achievement" and "honor[s] those legends named Earl." The day was started by Roger Slack in honor of Earl Baltes, a bandleader who became a race track owner in 1954 when he turned Ohio's Eldora Ballroom into the Eldora Speedway. At first it had a quarter-mile track, but within four years it was expanded to a half-mile. It became a favorite for sprint cars in the early 1960s, and Baltes soon began promoting other tracks and events as well. Because of Baltes's importance, part of Ohio State Route 118 was named Earl Baltes Highway. At the time of his death in 2015, the Eldora Speedway and the events that he created were still going strong. When Roger Slack created the day, he had it coincide with the opening day of the 2016 Dirt Late Model Dream race at the Eldora Speedway.

How to Observe National Earl Day

Since the day honors legends named Earl, if you know anyone with the name, you should honor them. The day was created with Earl Baltes in mind, so the day could be spent celebrating and learning more about him and by visiting the Eldora Speedway. The Dirt Late Model Dream takes place around this time, which you could plan to attend. You could also use the day to celebrate other famous Earls, such as Earl Warren, Earl Scruggs, and Earl "Curly" Lambeau.

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