Derby on tap at fairgrounds

<p>Demolition Derby cars from local owners, as seen in the Fourth of July parade in Prairie City, remind people to join in the derby’s fun this Saturday, July 16.</p>

JOHN DAY - The Whiskey Gulch Gang hopes the stands will be packed this Saturday, July 16, when the organization hosts the 23rd Annual Demolition Derby, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

"We're all looking forward to another rip-roaring, crash-em-up time," said Hugh Farrell, chairman.

The most lucrative demo derby in Eastern Oregon, drivers often come from throughout the western states to enter.

There will be prizes for winners of each heat, and the first-place finisher takes home $1,500. The second-place purse is $1,000, and third place gets $500.

Other awards also will be presented, including a cash prize from John Day Hardware for most aggressive driver, and a jump starter from Ace Hardware, drawn from a list of all drivers.

Last year, 23 drivers aimed to get out of the arena alive and kicking.

Those with cars can register to enter the lively competition up until starting time, said Farrell.

Concessions are available during the evening. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 6.

Rules for drivers are available at NAPA and Les Schwab in John Day.

For more information, call Hugh Farrell, 541-575-0329.


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