Muddy demo pit
There was a lot of mud flying during the Season Ender Bender Demo Derby. Despite the heavy rains a few days earlier, the sun shone on derby day to the enjoyment of spectators and participants alike. Thompson Goddard photo

CHESTERVILLE – An estimated 700 people of all ages attended the 2019 Season Ender Bender Demo Derby held at the Chesterville Fairgrounds on Sat., Oct. 19. This is the third year for the Season Ender Bender Demo Derby, organized by the Chesterville & District Agricultural Society and the Ontario Demo Derby.

There were just under 60 cars entered in the event according to organizers from ODD, who were not concerned about the muddy condition of the derby pit. The day of the event was a typical fall day in Eastern Ontario, with sunshine and cool weather with spectators enjoying the thrills of the demo derby and the opportunity to enjoy a snack, purchase a souvenir or visit with friends and neighbours during the event.

Firefighters from the Chesterville Fire Station were on duty during the event and were quick to respond when a car flipped during one of the heats. Ontario Demolition Derby had crews on hand to ensure the derby rules were followed, so all were able to enjoy the event in safety.

Carol Johnson, president of the Chesterville & District Agricultural Society, was pleased with the event and wished to thank all the volunteers who worked to make it happen. Johnson also expressed her thanks to the Chesterville firefighters, Premier Medics and Carruthers Equipment for their assistance.  When asked about upcoming events, Johnson mentioned Winter Storage Intake is set for Oct. 26 between 8 a.m. and noon.