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Drivers gearing up for Demolition Derby

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A flagger lines up cars in a heat during the demolition derby on June 16. Eight cars were in each heat until the finale.
Family time is quality time, and there isn't a better place to enjoy time with the family than at the Clay County 4-H Fair.

With all the displays, competitions and livestock to look over, don't overlook one of the most exciting events, the Demolition Derby.

Back for the second time this year on Saturday, the 4-H Demolition Derby is hoping to break records.

The previous event, which took place on June 16, broke the record for the biggest crowd at any single event at the fairgrounds, with more than 1,137 visitors recorded.

The first demolition derby raised more than $6,000 that will be funneled back into various 4-H programs.

"We were really pleased with the turnout at the first derby," Derby coordinator Jim Stevenson said. "We had about 25 drivers and we usually have closer to 40, but those 25 drove their hearts out. It was a great event, and the final two contestants were good friends. We're hoping for more drivers at this event, and we've even made a change that may accommodate more families."

The change Stevenson is referring to is scheduling the event later in the evening where cooler temperatures may increase attendance. The event is now slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Driver sign-up is from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, and the event will go on, rain or shine. As always, the prize the drivers are fighting for is $1,000.

"They are saying we may have rain late in the week, but that shouldn't interfere with the derby," Stevenson said.

"We have to wet down the pit, so rain just makes more mud. It'll be slippery and probably messy for spectators, but it'll be a great time."

Entry fees are $25 for drivers, $17 for a pit pass and $6 for spectators school age and older.

Pit passes are only available for those age 16 and older. Preschoolers are free.

Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the concession stand will be open with various 4-H groups selling food, drinks and treats.

"We promise to provide a crashing, smashing good time," Stevenson said. "This is the last derby of the year, so bring the family and enjoy it. The proceeds help the local 4-H groups, and it's a worthy cause to support."

Contact Jim Stevenson for more information at 765-672-4641.

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