CANTON — Travis Regehr wanted to offer one last chance for demolition derby drivers to crash into each other. That opportunity will come at the Halloween Hangover Demo Derby, starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Tom Miller Arena, located on 27th Street on the north side of Canton.
"It's an idea that's been thrown around for a while now," Regehr said.
Having a demolition derby in the fall — and on a Saturday — gives drivers a chance to battle each other, not the heat or other weekend obligations.
"I think it'll draw a lot of people that drive, but don't necessarily come to the county fair," Regehr said.
In demolition derbies, drivers win by having the last car that is still operational.
"It's kind of a unique deal," Regehr said. "In racing, it's the guy who's the fastest. It's totally a different take on things there. As a driver, you don't want to see a wreck because it takes you out of the race, but here it's encouraged."
Being at the end of the demolition derby season, Regehr said he expects to see a lot of drivers enter to get the last bits of use from their cars at the Halloween Hangover Demo Derby
"Bring them and finish them off," Regehr encouraged.
Categories for drivers include modified, super stock and compacts. Youth ages 10 to 15 can compete in the lawnmower division and children ages 4 to 10 can sign up to ride their power wheels.
"It's kind of a neat deal to get the younger kids in it," Regehr said.
Children will also be judged on best costume and best paint job.
"I've had a couple of people step up and give prizes to all the kids who do power wheels," Regehr said.
A special "Mad Dog" trophy is reserved for the hardest hitter in the Halloween Hangover Demo Derby
"The cars that look like they shouldn't move at all are sometimes the ones that do the best," Regehr said.
Concessions at the Halloween Hangover Demo Derby will include walking tacos and hot chocolate.
Registration fees for the Halloween Hangover Demo Derby are $40 per car, which includes admission for one driver. Youth competing in the lawnmower division can register for $25 and children riding power wheels can register for free. Inspections will start at 10:30 a.m.
Admission to the Halloween Hangover Demo Derby is $8 for those 13 and older and $3 for ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 are admitted for free.
For more information about the Halloween Hangover Demo Derby, contact Travis Regehr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-245-6388.
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