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Fernie Demolition Derby 2016

More details on 2017 derby coming soon. 

Demolition Derby: September 4th, 2016

Event Location: Fernie Derby Grounds

What is the Fernie Demolition Derby? 

The annual smash'em up fundraiser for the Fernie Lions Club, held for more than 40 years, is a Labor Day weekend tradition. Drivers compete for prizes in different heats, including full-size and small car, truck and powder puff, while thousands cheer them on to the finals. Come out and see what all the excitement is about!

In 2012 the Demolition Derby moved to a new, larger piece of land on the other side of the Fernie Golf Course thanks to the generosity of Trico Homes. Extensive work has been done to create a safe, comfortable event space including rebuilding the bleachers, concession stand and announcer's booth. Over 100 volunteers work to create the magic that is the Fernie Demolition Derby, some have been coming out every Labor Day weekend for almost 40 years! Over 1,000 cars have been pounded, pulped and punished over the years and approximately 5,000 people show up to join in the fun. All money raised at the derby is used by the Lions to help the disabled, seniors, sick children, families in need, youth sports and other needy causes in the Elk Valley. Almost HALF A MILLION DOLLARS has been raised through this event over the years. So what are you waiting for?

Check out some of the action here!



Gate Prices:

$10 per adult 

$5 per youth/student/senior

Children under 10 are free

Other Important Facts:

Competitions for Regular Cars, Small Cars & Pick up Trucks.

Registration begins at 8am.

Competition begins at Noon.

Concession and refreshments available.

Huge 50-50 draw! 

Over $4,000 in prizes to be won!

How can businesses get involved with these events?

  • Create a Demolition Derby window display. The Demo Derby is a big community event in the Fernie area and is very popular with Fernie locals.
  • Put up the festival poster and encourage customers to attend the events. 
  • Create a festival themed desert, drink or entrée item at your restaurant or café. Or predominantly feature menu items that attendees are more likely to purchase, such as:
    •    Grab and go options
    •    Smoothies, or ice based drinks such as iced coffee or tea
    •    Lunch or appetizer options
  • Provide a special shopping deal or host activity for event. Promote the event by extending offers for staff and clients to attend. Just because someone is not at the event the precise moment they enter your store does not mean you can keep the event enthusiasm going.
    •    No sales tax
    •    10% a summer item like sandals or sunscreen
    •    Feature goods made in Fernie
    •    Feature festival/event theme products at your store
    •    Make a rack featuring summer survival items


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