Glendon Derby crashing into summer

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Get ready for some crashing and smashing in Glendon.

The 29th annual Glendon Demolition Derby and Mudbogs is gearing up for another event on Saturday, Aug.11.

President of the Glendon Agricultural Society, Stacey Sandmeyer, said planning started off a little slow this year. A lack of volunteers was the main cause for concern, but the community rose to the occasion.

“It was a point that we had to deal with,” she explained. “People really came and stepped up to the table who wanted the derby to continue.”

It’s the support from the community that keeps the event going, and long-time volunteer Garry Kissel said he enjoys participating every year.

“I like to volunteer and to help out. It’s for our ag society, and it’s their major fundraiser for the year.”

Kissel added, “Some of my steady volunteers are busy this year, and I’m looking for a few more.”

Drivers entering the derby have the choice of car or truck classes. They will participate in different heats, with the winners of each category heading to the finals where they have the chance to win cash prices.

Mudbog participants can choose from the stock, modified, and supermod divisions. Contestants have three attempts to race through obstacles such as holes, water, and jumps. The drivers with the fastest time will take home the win.

Sandmeyer said, “They’re both running at the same time, and you have the option of viewing both events.”

Preregistration is available online, and there will be on-site registration beginning the day of the derby at 9 a.m.

“That’s the way this kind of sport is,” Sandymeyer laughed. “They go from different event to different event, and hopefully, they still have a car or truck that’s functioning that they can add to our derby.”

The day kicks-off with a pancake breakfast at     8:00 a.m., and a farmers’ market starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Glendon RCMP Hall. A parade will make its way down main street at 10:30 a.m., followed by a firefighter’s barbecue at noon.

Along with a kids’ area with bouncy houses, Sandmeyer noted there will be a dog show before the demolition derby finals.

Gates open at noon, and the action starts at       1:00 p.m. at the derby grounds, two kilometres north of Glendon on Hwy. 882.

Food vendors will be there throughout the day, and a beer gardens will also be open.

“It’s a lot of noise, it’s a lot of action, and it’s a lot of fun,” Sandmeyer said.

Kissel said he’s still looking for volunteers to help, and anyone interested can contact him through Facebook or at 780-207-1522.

For further information, visit the Glendon Agricultural Society website at www.glendonagsociety.com.

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