If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. That is how planners for the 2018 Colfax Demolition Derby are organizing the event, which in its 10th year, has become one of the highlights of the year for the city.
The derby will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jasper County Fairgrounds, 359 N. Walnut St., with the gates opening for registration at 2:30 p.m.
With more than 50 entries in the 2017 Colfax Demolition Derby, organizers are planning for record numbers this year. Once again part of Mineral Springs Days, central Iowa’s largest demolition derby sees thousands of people come out to watch the cars smash into each other to take the top prize.
“This demolition derby is just a gang buster. Whatever the people like and whatever brings them to town, it’s great,” organizer Brad Magg said. “It is fun to walk through the parking lot and see plates from almost every county in the state, it’s not just a bunch of Jasper and Polk cars, they are from all over.”
Truly a regional event, participants come from every corner of the state and beyond with the derby attracting out-of-staters to go along with the local crowd. With dwindling numbers of demolition derby’s available to the public, Colfax’s is becoming more popular each year.
“There aren’t a lot of demolition derbies left in the area, it is just becoming a lost art,” Magg said. “We have a really good mix of local and out-of-town entries and a really loyal following. We get people from all over the state and even people from out of state.”
Along with the big cars, the Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby will once again have kids ages three through eight out in the arena vying to be the last one standing. The power wheels are allowed to have a maximum of a 12 volt battery and sign up is available on the event’s Facebook page.
“We get more messages about kids power wheels entries than we do actual car entries even though we have more car entries than power wheels,” Magg said.
Classes and payouts remain similar to years past for the derby. Full Size Light Weld has a payout of $800 for first place, $500 for second place, $300 for third place and $100 for fourth place. Small Car Light Weld has $600 for first place, $400 for second place and $200 for third place.
Small Car Pro Mod starts at $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place. The Minivan/Small Trucks division has first place at $300, second place at $200 and third place at $100. The Small Car Beginner or Powderpuff class has a 60/40 split of the entry fees. Trophies are also given with all payouts.
According to the derby rules, any full size car exceeding the rules will be considered a Pro Mod. This will be a separate class with a $50 entry fee and a 60/40 split. Trophies will be given for first and second place finishers.
At the derby, the Jasper County Fair Board will run a concession stand and the Colfax-Mingo Soccer Club will provide parking at the event. Tickets for the event cost $8 for adults and $3 for kids under 12 years old. Children 3 and under are free.
For more information about the derby, visit Colfax Demolition Derby on Facebook.
Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org