By Betsy Barnett

2020-10-02 18:06:31

A few hundred people and contestants showed up at the Eads Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 26 for the annual Eads Demolition Derby. It was an American celebration as flags and signs were flying all over the grounds and people commented on just how happy everyone seemed to be to get the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful September evening.

According to organizers, the Kiowa County Fire Protection District, “The money raised that did not go towards the payout will be set back to help host the derby next year. Everyone involved is extremely thankful for the wonderful turnout. We had contestants from all over Colorado and Western Kansas.”

This year the event was slow to begin due to the COVID-19 restrictions and confusion on who or how to put the event on. But the Fire Department picked up the challenge, “The goal when planning this was to bring revenue and fun into the community and hopefully establish an event that can be carried forward. Hopefully, next year this event will be better as we will have more than a few weeks to get it planned and operational.”

The turnout of drivers was impressive with the derby paying out 7 classes for a total of $11,800 in winnings. The following is a list of the winners and number of participants within the classes:

Welded Trucks-2 in class

  • 1st-Tristan whited- Sterling, CO

Bone Stock- 10 compact cars/minivans

  • 1st- Albert McCombs- Pueblo, CO
  • 2nd- Arthor(AJ) Wilks- Lamar, CO
  • 3rd- Darrell Stolzenberger - Eads

MADDOG- Jon McCombs- Pueblo

  • Judges choice on who had the hardest hits and/or put on a good show.

Welded Cars Full- 3 cars

  • 1st Skyler Totten- Fowler, CO
  • 2nd Matt Wangarow- Kiowa, CO
  • 3rd Camron Chester- Yoder, CO

Welded Compact- 6 cars

  • 1st- Hanna Sheldon, Eaton, CO
  • 2nd- Jimmy Cochran, Calhan
  • 3rd- Justin Aaron, Limon, CO

Chain Trucks- 10 pickups

  • 1st- Austin Wilson- Johnson, Kansas
  • 2nd- Garth Swan- Hugoton, KS
  • 3rd- Frank Ogden- Couldule, CO

Chain Cars- 9 full size cars

  • 1st-Ben Schultz- Syracuse, KS
  • 2nd- Seth Salzbrenner, Sugar City, CO
  • 3rd- Zeb Bailie- Flagler, CO

School Bus-3

  • Mike Klann- Arriba

This year’s Demolition Derby was organized by the KCFPD who coordinated with the Eastern Colorado Derby Association (ECDA). Those folks did a fabulous job coordinating with drivers, setting safety standards and ensuring the rules and set up were followed.

Then, of course, there was the generosity of the sponsors of the event who are the absolute reason everyone was able to enjoy this wonderful evening. Sponsors included the following:

  • 719 Metal Works for making the trophies
  • Murdock Hauling for bringing a magnet to sweep the arena after the derby to help ensure all vehicles parts are out
  • Saffer Spray Service
  • Crossroads Ag
  • Watson BBQ
  • Eads Consumer Supply
  • Hometown Gas and Grill
  • Eads Auto Supply
  • Back in Action Chiropractic
  • CWC Rail, Inc.
  • J&J Liquor
  • Oquist Family Chiropractic
  • La Junta Livestock
  • The Butcher Shop
  • Dairy Queen (Las Animas)
  • Rocky Mountain Custom Meats
  • Wildcat Drilling and Supply
  • J.R. Oilfield Service
  • Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Assn (ES Tech)
  • Stuff and Store
  • Precision Home and Lawn
  • Crow’s Stop and Shop Grocery Store
  • JJ's Restaurant
  • Koehler Oilfield Service
  • 4-U Insulation
  • Prairie Pines Assisted Living
  • Trosper Angus
  • Halde Ready Mix
  • Lamar Flight Service
  • Haswell Propane

Special Thanks goes to the following:

  • Kiowa County 4-H Council
  • Rob Morlan for announcing the event
  • Alicia James for gracing us with her amazing voice for the National Anthem.
  • Darwin Nelson and RGB Sound for sound and music.
  • Watson Smokin’ BBQ

The community is fortunate to have such caring and generous sponsors, volunteers, and citizens who showed that working together for the common good of the community brings a memorable time and a feeling of great pride in all who attended.

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