Popular Last Bash Demo Derby coming to Cambridge to benefit FFA

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
The black car on the left takes a hit from the yellow car on the right during the turnkey class of the Last Bash Demolition Derby in 2018 at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Cambridge.

People from all over Illinois, Iowa and Missouri will attend the Last Bash Demolition Derby on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Henry County fairgrounds in Cambridge.

Chad Kinsey and Rick Dobbels run Viola Boyz Demo Promotors, which sponsored the Jackie Carey English Demo Derby from 2012 through 2017 and the Last Bash Demo Derby in 2018.

A full day of activities will benefit the Cambridge FFA. Because it’s not the same day as Homecoming, FFA students will be available to help with the live auction and sell T-shirts.

Parking is free.


• 11 a.m. Remote control demo derby, Merchants Building.

• 11 a.m. McKinney’s fair food vendor, Midway, serving corn dogs, lemonade, and more.

• 1 p.m. Pit gate opens.

• 3 p.m. Grandstand opens.

• 4 p.m. Children’s demo derby on the track in front of the grandstand.

• 4:30 p.m. Lawnmower derby, grandstand.

• 5 p.m. Demolition derby, grandstand.

R/C Derby

The demo derby remote control cars will be held at 11 a.m. in the Merchants Building. People of all ages participate in and watch the event.

For more information, phone Josh Dykeman at (309) 883-5851.

Children’s derby

Boys and girls ages 3 to 10 will ride battery-powered riding toys to earntrophies in their Power Wheels at 4 p.m. on the track in front of the grandstand. 

First-place drivers in both children’s heats will receive cash prizes.

Lawnmower derby

New this year is the Lawn Mower Demolition Derby at 4:30 p.m. in the grandstand. Drivers will compete in two classes, an 11- to 18-year-old entry class and an open class for over-18. First-place drivers will receive trophies.

Participants must check in at the pit gate and purchase a pit pass. Drivers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a consent form and waiver.

Lawnmowers must have front-mounted motors, factory hoods and fenders, secure hoods, leg and foot guards, turf tires and original gas tanks.

Engine bays may be reinforced inside of the hood, as long as the body lines are maintained. Batteries must be secured with materials such as bungee cords and ratchet straps, and covered.

The lawnmowers cannot have bumpers, mower decks or add-ons such as snowplow blades and tillers.

For more information, phone Kinsey at (309) 737-8736.

Main event

The demolition derby for teenagers and adults will begin at 5 p.m. in the infield.Henry County Fair Queen Sierra Brown will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and hand out trophies with her court.

This year, about 100 cars will compete in 10 classes for the guaranteed purse and trophies.

Randy “Buzz” Buzard, a former announcer from the East Moline Speedway, will call the heats. He is known for entertaining the crowd, and he will talk with FFA students and Henry County Fair Queen Sierra Brown and her court.

The B&B Pull Off Crew will return with their tractors to remove cars. Cambridge Ambulance and Fire personnel will be on hand for safety, as well as personnel from other fire departments.

Riders are welcome in all classes, as long as they pay in

Classes include:

• Turn key compacts, payout $1,000, $300 and $150;

• Compacts, payouts $600, $300 and $150;

• Minivan, SUV and mini trucks, $600, $300, $150;

• 80’s wire, $1,000, $400, $200.

• Wire patch, $1,000, $400, $200.

• Wire patch full-size trucks, $500.

• Open wire, $1,000, $400, $200.

• Light weld, $1,000, $400, $200.

• Full-size weld, $500.

• Ladies and beginners, or anyone under 21, $500.

For more information about rules, call or text Dean Anderson at (309) 737-3725. For other questions, phone Chad Kinsey at (309) 737-8736.

Other events

Brown and her courtwill hold a 50/50 drawing, and the Cambridge FFA will hold a 50/50 drawing, too.

FFA students will sell event T-shirts.

During one of the long pull-offs, a live auction will take place. Auction items include:

• Two tickets to the Chris Stapleton All-American Road Show concert on Oct. 25, in Peoria. Tickets donated by radio station 102.3 The Coyote.

• Complimentary overnight stay and two complimentary buffet meals at the Par-A-Dice Casino & Hotel in Peoria, donated by Par-A-Dice Casino & Hotel.

Hand-crafted custom-made "Smash It" Demolition Derby sign made of re-purposed wood and metal, donated by Reclaimed Salvage in Cambridge.

“The Rooster" statue, soon to be retired, donated by Isabel Bloom.

Wooden hand-crafted American Flag, donated by Lacey's Wooden Signs.

Gift dertificate, donated by Bella Pizza, Cambridge.

Custom-made Demolition Derby Items, hand-crafted by Josh Dykeman.

• Additional items will be announced at the auction.

Rules and other information will be available on two Facebook pages, Last Bash Demolition Derby Fundraiser and Viola Boyz Demo Promotors pages.