For those who’d like to have a cold adult beverage while watching Saturday’s demolition derby, they can do that now – legally.
Ray County Fair organizers, with the approval of Ray County Commission, are re-introducing beer sales at the July 20 event. All alcohol was banned in past years due to a few unruly incidents. The fair board hopes beer availability at the event – in a controlled environment – will bring back more spectators. Calvert said Ray County Sheriffs Department and Richmond Police Department will be on hand at the event. Richmond City Council approved a one-day caterer’s license to Andy Skiles, co-owner of Our Place, to serve beer. No coolers will be allowed inside the fairgrounds. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and cost of admission is $10.
“For us, it’s just a draw, hopefully 500 to 600 more people will attend,” said organizer Charles Calvert. “We make no money off beer sales.”
More attendees equals more money from the gate, Calvert said, and that benefits 4-H and FFA fair participants.
“We give $6,000 in prize money each year at the fair, and that comes from profits,” he said.
Calvert said the derby will have a new car category for more ways to win at the Saturday, July 20, event at Ray County Fairgrounds.
Organizers have added a modified compact division along with its stock compact cars. Prizes in the modified compact divisions are $700 for first, $300 for second, $200 for third and $100 for fourth, along with trophies. Stock compact division guarantees a 100 percent payback, and if more than 10 cars are entered, the prize money ups to $250 more.
This year’s derby also has a full-sized car category with more prize money. First receives $1,200, second $500, third $300 and fourth place $150 along with trophies. Also added is a Mad Dog Trophy in the full-sized and modified compact categories.
One thing that has stayed the same is the entry fee. It’s $25 and $20 for a pit pass.