By Dave Hamilton
A fun day for families and a local fundraiser that has brought in thousands of dollars to the community, the annual Fernie Lion’s Demolition Derby will continue its more than 30-year tradition, Sept. 4, 2011 at the Fernie Rodeo Grounds.
Drivers will compete for more than $3,000 in prizes: prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as for the best-dressed car, powder puff heat winner, small car-only heats and the truck, van and SUV heat.
Deneen Ganter, Lions Club president, says the club works hard to make the event possible, and is happy the community continues to support it so well.
The Fernie Lions Club is always impressed by the turn-out and the enthusiasm people have for it, both as spectators and as competitors. It’s really become a tradition in Fernie for families to come out and enjoy it, and we’re glad they do says Ganter. It’s a great way to raise money and provide an exciting show.”
“We are also selling souvenir derby t-shirts for the first time, and again, all the money goes to local charities and sports, so we hope the fans support us in this new venture,” says Ganter.
All proceeds from the event go to support Lion’s charities in the community. In the past, the Fernie Lions have donated money to numerous local organizations, such as Scouts, skating club, minor hockey, seniors, children with disabilities and other causes.
Cars must be registered by Sept. 2, 2011 at Backyard Auto in Fernie. For more information, or to register, contact Tom Murdoch at 250-423-3052.