Drivers are warming up for a smashing good time at the Whiskey Gulch Gang’s 29th annual Demolition Derby set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Grant County Fairgrounds arena.
Organizer Hugh Farrell said in this year’s pickup heat they are allowing Broncos and Suburbans, but they can only run on two-wheel drive.
He said they expect a good-sized crowd, as usual.
“It’s probably one of the bigger events that happens at the fairgrounds,” he said.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Whiskey Gulch Gang’s community events, such as the ’62 Days Celebration in Canyon City.
At stake in the main event that night are prizes of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. Winners of each heat receive $200.
Trophies are also given out to all the winners. Awards are also given for Hard Luck winner and Beauty Contest.
Last year’s last man standing was Nick Stiner, with Douglas Hills in second and Cody Frazier in third. The Most Aggressive Driver Award went to Wayne Saul.
Gates open at 6 p.m., and concessions will be available.
The cost for tickets at the gate is $12 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and under; presale tickets are $2 less. Children under 6 are free.
The entry fee for drivers is $50 per car, which includes the driver and one pit crew person; additional pit passes are $30 a person.
Presale tickets are available at the fairgrounds office, Les Schwab Tires, Ace Hardware and John Day True Value.
For more information, contact Farrell at 541-575-0329.