September 28, 2016
by David J. Santistevan, Jr.
TRINIDAD — Trinidad & Las Animas County, get ready to hear some loud engines roar, and some cars and trucks bang’n and smash’n as the Kiwanis Club of Trinidad gets set to host its 2nd Annual Demolition Derby in Trinidad, at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. The fun starts at 2 pm Saturday October 1.
“I really thought something like this might work in Trinidad after I went to a demolition derby in Pueblo,” event organizer Brian Blasi of the Kiwanis Club of Trinidad said. “The event was cool and I thought it was a great was to raise money for our Trinidad Kiwanis Club; it gives our community a family event and something to go see.” Blasi pitched this crazy idea at the local Kiwanis Club about two years ago, hoping to use a fun event like a demo day to raise money for Kiwanis Kids Sponsored and Run Programs.
Blasi first wanted to do a Fourth of July fundraiser fireworks event, but that was already in works, so he thought about the next best thing.
“I was talking to my cousins out in Kansas and found out their uncle put on demolition derbies, so I contacted him, and he gave me all the info on how to run one. Then I asked the Kiwanis Club to support it, and they did.” About 1,000 watched last year’s derby.
The event hires a contractor who puts on demo derbies in the area. All cars in the event are inspected and judged to make sure they’re safe for all competitors and spectators. There are four divisions: the mini-car division, the regular car division, the truck and SUV division, and the Powder Puff division, a women’s race.” Last year there were 44 cars, and Blasi expects a lot more to participate in this year’s event.
Blasi added, “Along with the four divisions from last year we are going to add a mini truck division this year. Also, drivers didn’t know what to expect, being that it was our first derby, but this year the drivers will bring two or three cars helping make the event bigger and better to watch.”
Kiwanis Club organizers will partner with local fire departments and the Trinidad Ambulance District to make sure they’re on site for the whole event. Blasi noted, “We have about 25 Kiwanis volunteers, community volunteers, and numbers sponsors who are helping put the track together and removing the cars.”
Blasi added, “Our Kiwanis Club has been so supportive. The members have done a great job of organizing, getting sponsors, and promoting the event both years. They all have worked hard to put this on for the community and I thank them for their dedication and hard work. People in town told us they didn’t know what this was or what to expect, but the feedback was great and we expect a lot more tickets to be sold. What a great way to bring people here to our community and promote our community.”
Tickets on pre-sale are $10, or get them the day of the event for $15. Parking is $2. For more information, go to The Kiwanis Club of Trinidad Event Facebook page www.facebook.com/trinidadkiwanis/?fref=nf or e-mail Brian Blasi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Brian at 719-253-2163.