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Fall demolition derby returning to Buckeye

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HAROLD RODIECK, left, of Goodyear and Antony VanTiger of Buckeye provide pre-demolition derby entertainment during the 2011 Buckeye Demolition Derby and lawn mower races at Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Grounds. This year’s event is Saturday.
HAROLD RODIECK, left, of Goodyear and Antony VanTiger of Buckeye provide pre-demolition derby entertainment during the 2011 Buckeye Demolition Derby and lawn mower races at Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Grounds. This year’s event is Saturday.

The Buckeye Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Fall Demolition Derby starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena.

The derby has been a tradition in Buckeye for more than 20 years, said Deanna Kupcik, president and CEO of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The most fun you can have in Buckeye on a Saturday night,” she said.

The derby is such a popular event that it attracts people from various communities in Buckeye and even Tonopah, Councilman Craig Heustis said.

It’s just a fun event,” he said.

The chamber anticipates about 2,500 people will attend the derby to watch various vehicles battle it out for the chance to win the grand prize of $1,500, Kupcik said.

Cars race around the track and crash into other cars hoping to disqualify or eliminate the other contestants. There will also be a separate derby for trucks.

In addition, the event will feature a lawn mower race, raffles and food and drink vendors. Children will also be able to enjoy bounce houses and glow novelties, she said.

The event is open to the public; gates open at 5:30 p.m. and parking is free.

Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10 for those 13 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger. A family pass is $25 and includes tickets for two adults and two children.

The Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena is at Miller Road, south of Baseline Road. Although Miller Road will be closed, derby and local traffic will be allowed though.

For information, visit www.buckeyevalleychamber.org.

Frances Torrez can be reached by email at ftorrez@westvalleyview.com.

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