For almost four decades on Labour Day Sunday, the Lions Club of Fernie has hosted the Lions Demolition Derby in one big, wild smash-em-up celebration of summer. All proceeds go to the Fernie Lions to support local charities, seniors and youth groups and sports.
So what are you waiting for?
The Fernie Lions Demolition Derby had its start in Hosmer, back in the 1970's. It then moved to Coal Creek Road in Fernie, which wasn't a great location. Coal dirt is nasty to drive in, and everyone went home black. An agreement with the Snow Valley Wranglers brought the Derby to the Gymkana grounds in Fernie, where the derby stayed for more than 20 years.
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 Labour Day weekend for almost 50 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.