By Tiffany L. Rehbein
Add these elements. A muddy arena. Cars with no fenders and numbers painted on the side. The smell of gasoline. Noise so loud it makes your teeth hurt.
They equal the demolition derby.
Friday nights grandstand performance, termed by some as the social event of the season at Havre, will be the Havre Jaycee Demolition Derby at the Great Northern Fair.
The car-bending action gets under way at 6 p.m. Reserve tickets are $8 and general admission is $6.
Traditionally held on Sunday night as the grand finale event, the derby has been moved to Friday night.
The fair board hopes to maximize everybodys enjoyment at the fair, said Lita Thisselle, event organizer.
During the past years, the event has been a sellout and at press time, only 400 tickets remained for sale and the fair office expected them to sell before the event started.
During the past years, over 40 participants have taken part in the car-crunching, metal twisting event.
The winner of each heat in the regular derby will receive a $100 prize. First place in the championship round will receive $1500 and a trophy sponsored by Champion Auto. The second and third place finishers will receive 30 and 20 percent of derby registration fees, respectively, as well as trophies sponsored by NAPA and HO Motor Parts.
The car with the best paint job will receive a jacket sponsored by Havre Sears. To better include spectators, a calcutta will take place prior to the championship go-round. The highest bidder in the calcutta will receive a jacket donated by Altec Graphics and a percentage of the total monies collected in the auction.