The Free Press Editorial

The demo derby has got to be one of the biggest days of the year in Fernie. What other day do so many people embrace so enthusiastically? My friends and I decided we should get into the spirit by dressing up in our best “white trash” attire – although my friend Heather kindly pointed out that, “Ang doesn’t have to dress up for derby. She just gets dressed.” Thanks mate.

We donned our denim, plaid and trucker caps and headed over to watch the action. We were definitely not the only ones who had the same idea. It was literally, a sea of mud splattered flannel there.

The venue was different this year and, I think, even better than the old one. Certainly it was a demo derby with the best backdrop you will probably ever see anywhere. Thankfully, the owners of the land stepped up and let the Lions Club hold the derby there, otherwise this year the Lions Club may not have been able to hold their biggest fundraiser of the year. It is a shame the City is not able to offer them a permanent venue. As it is, they can use this land until the owners want to start developing it – then the Lions Club will be back to looking for somewhere new again.

I don’t think everyone who attended the derby even realised that the event is a fundraiser for the Lions.

The Lions Club are an amazing group of people who fundraise tirelessly to help out groups within our communities. Almost all the money they raise stays local, and the majority helps out with kids’ groups such as the skating club, ski club and girl guides. They donate money to the Salvation Army to help people in need, and to STARS to make sure this important air ambulance service keeps helping those who need it.

The demo derby was great fun, and I was really happy so many locals and out-of-towners all came out to a big community event, even if they didn’t realise they were supporting a cause. But the day is really all about those volunteers that stamped hands, set up the bleachers, sold beer tickets and t-shirts, and made sure everything ran so well. Thanks so much to all of you.

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