Demolition Derby on Saturday only. Please see separate calendar event listing for Rodeo on Thursday and Friday.
From the first crash in the arena until the checkered flag waves, fans will be in for a real treat at the Shrine Demo Derby on Saturday. The premier producer of demo derby, Ultimate Derby, makes sure to please fans with a fast paced, entertaining show.
Three classes of competition will take place: open class, compact class and stock class. A consolation round is held before the feature. Ultimate Derby is a series of ten derbies, with the Tonganoxie show as the second in this year’s series. The winner of the feature will win about $1,600, and thirty to forty vehicles are expected to show up for competition.
Sam Williams, co-owner of Ultimate Derby, say’s the demo derby’s appeal is simple “People like to see cars crash.” He and his crew work hard to make sure both drivers and fans are happy. “It’s a competition, but yet it’s entertainment, too. We try to do the best for both worlds.” Williams and his partner began promoting demo derbies in 2007. Since then, they’ve worked to make sure their shows are the best. “We bring in a quality show and we have never missed a start time. We work hard to make sure the show runs smoothly with very few breaks all the way through.” Williams’ father was a “preacher who crashed cars,” he said. “I’ve grown up with this my whole life.”
They own several other entities besides Ultimate Derby. Their website www.WeCrash.com reaches a huge audience for the sport, and their Derbyparts.com is now the largest retail vendor of demo derby parts in the country.
Payment required - Tickets available online OR cash or credit day of event at the Ticket Booth located at the Main Entrance of the Arena. Parking lot gates open at 6pm with Derby starting at 7pm. $5 Parking, cash only please. Includes Souvenir Program.
Great family fun on Memorial Day weekend without breaking the budget!
Demo derby tickets are $12 for everyone ages 6 and over. Ages 5 and under free with paid adult ticket.
Get your tickets online at www.ShrineRodeo.com, at Brothers Market in Tonganoxie, at the Abdallah Shrine Center (5300 Metcalf, Overland Park), and at the Arena Main Entrance Ticket Booth.
For more info: www.ShrineRodeo.com, or 913.362.5300.