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April 23, 2009

Georgetown revs up for derby Saturday

GEORGETOWN — The third annual Spring Explosion Demolition Derby is coming to Georgetown Saturday, with more than 100 vehicles expected to arrive, ready to smash and crash into each another.

Organizer Darren Alexander said he expects it to be the biggest derby yet, both in vehicles entered and grandstand attendance. He said it’s one of the top five derbies in the nation, car count-wise.

“This isn’t your local county fair demo derby,” said Alexander. “This is more your pro-circuit. The action will be fast and non-stop.”

Drivers will be competing for more than $16,000 in prize money and are traveling from seven states to compete. More than 3,000 people came to watch the event last year.

Alexander said for the $10 adult price of admission a person could choose to watch a two-hour movie in a theater, or they can come to the derby and see four to five hours of live entertainment.

Also, funds raised go toward benefiting local youth organizations. This year, groups like the Georgetown Youth Sports Association, Georgetown-Ridge Farm Youth Football League, Georgetown-Ridge Farm Athletic Boosters Club, Georgetown-Ridge Farm soccer and the Destination Imagination program will share profits.

Last year, he said $8,000 was donated to youth organizations.

“It’s more or less a way to bring money into the community from outside of the community,” said Alexander. “And it has worked really well. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

Seven classes are being offered this year. Full-size, 1980s and newer, pro-mods, trucks, compacts, beginners and a promoter’s heat.

The beginner’s class is for drivers between the ages of 14 and 21.

“We’re breaking them in for the road,” said Alexander.

The promoter’s heat is comprised of 10 teams of two, all of which are derby promoters running cars.

One driver, “Fabulous” Ray Ferguson of Rockport, Ind., will enter in two classes Saturday. He said his extraordinary moniker was bestowed upon him once by a derby announcer and it just stuck.

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