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Demolition derby ready to fire up

The 29th annual Whiskey Gulch Gang Demolition Derby is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on July 10, 2018 4:51PM

Nick Stiner, No. 321, of Mt. Vernon collides with other drivers during the first heat of the annual demolition derby at the Grant County Fairgrounds last year. This year, the event is July 14.

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Nick Stiner, No. 321, of Mt. Vernon collides with other drivers during the first heat of the annual demolition derby at the Grant County Fairgrounds last year. This year, the event is July 14.

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Cody Frazier of John Day sits in his car after being knocked out of last year’s demolition derby.

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Cody Frazier of John Day sits in his car after being knocked out of last year’s demolition derby.

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An exciting moment in the first heat of a previous Whiskey Gulch Gang Demolition Derby had No. 338 Nick Dieter of Burns pushing No. 10 Wayne Saul of Mt. Vernon up on the logs.

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An exciting moment in the first heat of a previous Whiskey Gulch Gang Demolition Derby had No. 338 Nick Dieter of Burns pushing No. 10 Wayne Saul of Mt. Vernon up on the logs.

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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.





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