Catch another exciting demolition derby at the Chesterville Fairgrounds this Saturday, Oct. 14

Chesterville Fire Station Chief Mike Gruich congratulates Josh Triemstra of Winchester, who won the raffled-off opportunity to drive the Chesterville firefighters' car in the last Ontario Demolition Derby event at the Chesterville Fairgrounds, this past August. The show makes a special return to the fairgrounds this Saturday. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Don’t miss the barn dance that evening, too

CHESTERVILLE — They’re coming back — those smash-up derby cars — to wreak their special brand of high-octane mayhem at the Chesterville fairgrounds this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14.

The 1:30 p.m. attraction will rumble into the village as a late precursor bonus to the Chesterville Agricultural Society’s second annual barn dance fundraiser later that same evening.

The firm that staged the regular derby at the Chesterville Fair in August was originally scheduled to conduct this Saturday’s competition at another venue. Instead, Ontario Demotion Derby recently contacted the local fair board about bringing the show back to Chesterville.

Chesterville & District Agricultural Society President Carol Johnson says they leapt at the chance to put on the late-season spectacle, as the board is eager to expand fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Proceeds of the derby will be split between the organizers and the Society, which has held the Chesterville Fair for the past 86 years.

Admission to the Oct. 14 derby is $10 at the gate. Johnson reminds derby-goers to keep their wristbands on to get into the 8 p.m. licensed barn dance at half price later that evening. Regular admission to the 8 p.m. dance — which again includes a fundraiser pie auction and DJ’ed music — is otherwise set at $10 per person.

Ontario Demolition Derby has competitors lined up for the derby — but locals are welcome to register in advance or “just show up with your car,” says Johnson. (Entered vehicles must be set up in accordance with the rules, of course). “There has been some talk from some of the derby regulars that they’ll be coming out,” the president adds.

The grandstand audience will also take in the spectacle of a kids’ powerwheel race that afternoon.

In other Chesterville Fair fundraising news, the Society has announced the winner of its 2017 “glass turkey” draw — with Kim Link the recipient of that $500 value.  


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