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:
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:
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.