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Salmon Arm Demolition Derby revs up with tickets now on sale

Derby returns to fairgounds on Father’s Day weekend
Put the pedal to the metal because tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated return of the Salmon Arm Demolition Derby 2.0, with the action crashing into the fairgrounds on Father’s Day weekend. (File photo)

Tickets for the newly resurrected demolition derby are now on sale and people are “chomping at the bit.”

That’s the impression Jim McEwan, manager of the Salmon Arm Fair, has gotten from people, himself included.

“When Dave [Schwandt] first approached us with this idea of bringing back the derby, it was like ‘hey, that’s great, long overdue,’” he said. “And it wasn’t long before his Facebook page was lighting up, and it almost seemed to take on a life of its own.”

McEwan added that he’s always thought the fairgrounds are underutilized and something like this is a good fit. As well, the committee is very enthusiastic and well organized, leaving himself and the Shuswap Agricultural Society to just offer their help and get the derby crew whatever they need to help make it a success.

As for any possible repercussions or effects from the derby, he’s not concerned.

“Somebody asked me if I’m worried about car parts and such in the arena, and the’ve got a good plan in place, from little metal detectors to rakes to clean up any Bondo or nuts or bolts so I’m not worried…” McEwan said. “They used to run it there before and it didn’t seem to be a problem at all and, again, these guys are really well organized.”

He expects the event, which includes a shown ‘n’ shine, swap meet, food vendors and beer gardens, will bring in large crowds.

“It sounds like people from all walks of life are excited about getting back to watch the derby,” he said of it not having run in Salmon Arm since 2017. “I’m really excited, I think it’s going to be a great event for the community… a lot of fun.”

McEwan added that it’s all coming together, including insurance, and said the organizers have everything covered off.

“Now it’s just a matter of waiting.”

The two-day derby event will take place rain or shine at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds on Father’s Day weekend, June 15 and 16. Tickets are available online at, with cash sales at the gates.

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