Rotary Club to host Demolition Derby

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Drivers to put horsepower, will to the test to win purse

Motors will be roaring and drivers bracing for maximum impact as they try to put the competition out of commission during the Cassville Rotary's annual Demolition Derby event on Sept. 10.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bill Hailey Arena off Business 37.

The ultimate test of horsepower, will and tenacity, drivers will do their best to outlast each other until the last man is left standing -- or car running -- to win the purse.

"The last car that's left is the winner of the race," said Justin Gates, Rotary Club president, who is helping organize the event.

Each year, the Rotary Club hosts events like the Demolition Derby, Bull Buckout and Rotary Rodeo to raise money for projects that help the local schools and community, including its dictionary give-away program, Don't Meth With Us program and Choices program. This year, the club also bought school supplies for about 50 children.

"All funds raised are put back into our programs in the community and scholarships," Gates said.

Club members volunteer their time to both organize the entire event, then staff the event, which provides local families a great source of family-friendly entertainment.

Gates said he looks to see at least 1,000 people or so attend, if not more, because the event is always well-attended.

Members work hard for weeks behind the scenes to ensure the grounds are ready, tackling tough tasks like mowing and grading.

"This is a popular event for our Rotary Club and one that a lot of the people in the community really enjoy," Gates said. "The Rotarians work events ourselves, and we have an club in the high school and some of those members volunteer, too. It's a Rotary-sponsored event.

"Chad Yarnall does a fantastic job on getting it organized; he heads the committee. I try to work with our whole club and make sure we put on a good show and good night for the community."

Before his current responsibilities when he wasn't as busy working at the derby, Gates attended with his own family.

"In the past, I was able to have my boy in the pit to watch the event with him, so that was neat to experience that with him, and it's something he looks forward to experiencing every year," he said. "It was enjoyable to be able to sit down there and that's something he still talks about doing. I worked in the cook shack last year as president-elect, and this year, will probably be going around the arena making sure everything is OK."

According to Grandstand Attractions, the total purse is estimated to be approximately $4,500, which may become higher at the time of the event due to sponsorships, and will be split between the winners of each class, which are as follows:

Modified, Bone Stock 80s and newer; Semi Stock 80s and newer; Compacts; and Power Wheels for children.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12.

Concessions including hamburgers, polish sausage, hotdogs, chips, soda and candy will be available.

Entry fees are $40. For rules, contestants should visit

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