Cassville Rotary to host 15th annual Demolition Derby

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Car-smashing classic one of most popular Rotary events

Filling the night air with the sound of rumbling engines and the clashing of metal, drivers competing in the 15th annual Now Generation Demolition Derby will provide a night of exciting entertainment on Sept. 9, at the Bill Hailey Arena in Cassville, off Highway 37.

Drivers will compete in the following classes: modified, compacts, semi stock, bone stock and power wheels, for a total divided purse of almost $4,500. Entry fees for cars are $40, and purse amounts vary are subject to change based on sponsorships.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and ages 6 and under are free. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the event. Concessions will be available.

As one of the most popular Rotary-sponsored events of the year that helps raise money for community and school causes, member and Derby Chairmen Chad Yarnall expects a great turnout.

"On average, we'll have anywhere between 35-40 vehicles, and about 1,200 to 1,500 in the stands," he said. "It's been one of the better fundraisers. It brings out everybody. We have people come from all over a lot of locals, but a lot from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. It's a good time."

According to Grandstand Attractions Inc. promotor Regina McDermith, a Power Wheels event for the younger contenders to derby will be held before the event, at $5 per participant. At the conclusion, children will receive a checkered flag. Participants should be present an hour before the show begins.

"It's always a good time," she said.

As the event vendor, Grandstand Attractions provides specific services, while Rotary members and local sponsors help prepare for, supply and man the event.

"The vendor provides the judges, and we cover the concession stands, parking, pit crew and the rodeo grounds set up," Yarnall said.

Along with a good time, admission dollars help raise money for the Rotary's many good deeds performed in the community and beyond throughout the year.

"They do a polio project that eradicates polio, and the International Well project that digs and provides wells for folks in third-world countries," Yarnall said. "Locally, they also do the Don't Meth With Us program in schools that educates children about the dangers of methamphetamines, and the Choices program, which talks about how the choices you make in the school can impact your life.

"Rotary also puts up play structures at the softball fields, hands out dictionaries to Barry County students, has a scholarship program for high school students, and a camp for children."

For more information about the event, people may call or text message McDermith at Grandstand Attractions Inc. at 217-306-4025, or visit www.gsademoderby.com.

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