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It was an action packed night at the Kiowa County Firemans Demolition Derby.
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Kiowa County Fireman's Demolition Derby Was a Huge Success

By Raina Lucero

September 28, 2022

Saturday September 24 more than 1,000 spectators gathered at the Kiowa County Fairgrounds to watch the 3rd annual Demolition Derby hosted by the Kiowa County Firemen. The event had proven to be worthy of the night out with friends and family over the last 2 years, and this year’s derby did not disappoint the large energetic crowd.

The Kiowa County Firemen have worked for several months to organize the event, working long hours to line up sponsors, consider insurance and safety regulations, as well communicate with the Kiowa County Board of County Commissioners and other agencies. Demolition Derbys have long been considered a fun past time in the United States and have recently become highly popular right here in Colorado.

Modern Day Gladiator Promotions along with local high school FFA instructor Justin Lenox promoted the event as well as took control of the rules and judging. Modern Day Gladiator Promotions has recently been in charge of the Greeley Stampede Demolition Derby as well as the Demolition Derby at the Colorado State Fair.

A representative for the Kiowa County Firemen told the Kiowa County Independent in an interview that there were 65 cars entered into the derby plus one bus. The bus, however, was unable to run because of lack of contestants in the bus category.

There were 8 competitive events including: Stock Full-Size Cars, Stock Full-Size Trucks, Bone-Stock 90s newer front-wheel drive, Full Weld Compacts, Full Weld Compact Trucks, full-Size Mod, School Busses, and Power Wheels.

The representative explained to the Independent that the total payout for the event was in the neighborhood of $15,500 which is the highest payout in the event’s history.

The winners in each category are listed below:

Concessions at the fair grounds were made available by the Prairie Queen 4-H Club as well as Gary Melcher with his Backyard BBQ trailer. There was also a beer garden put on by Rebel Outlaw Car Club. Community events such as the Demolition Derby are only made possible because of the volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that things go off without a hitch, as well as the sponsors who donate money, advertising, or other goods and services.

Supporting sponsors include, Kiowa County Abstract Company, Barnett Construction, Prairie Queen 4-H Club and Farm Bureau. Copper sponsors include First Insurance Services, Colorado Pacific Railroad, J&J Liquor, Kiowa County Independent, Eads Auto Supply, Weskan Grain Company, Brown Funeral Home, Jacob Kraft Trucking, Crow’s Stop and Shop Grocery, Tri-County Farms, Kiowa Drug, 4-U Insulation, Eads Consumer Supply, A-1 Towing, Saffer Spray Service, Precision Home and Lawn, First National Bank of Las Animas, Ferris LLC, LaJunta Livestock Commission, and Britten Farms.

Silver Sponsors of the event were CWC Rail, Inc; K & C Welding and Murdock Hauling. Gold Sponsors include Cross Country Spray Services and 719 Metal Works. Platinum Sponsor was Eads FFA Chapter.

The Kiowa County Firemen would like to send a special thanks to all the drivers for putting on a heck of a show and driving hard all night long. They would also like to thank the gracious sponsors and the volunteers for helping to make the Demolition Derby a huge success.

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