Taking on the mud bog, this quad driver made a big splash as he fought to beat his opponent.
By Marianne Curtis
Recently nearly 400 people from both sides of the border made the trip to Gardenton to witness an afternoon of flying mud and smashing metal.
On August 21 the Gardenton Demolition Derby and Quad Mud Bog, which took place at the back of the museum grounds, seemed to breathe new excitement into the tiny community. Despite the heat and humidity spectators from both sides of the border enjoyed an exciting afternoon full of big car demolition derbies, quad mud bog and obstacle course.
Organizer Sheila Arseny is very pleased with the success of the event, which is held on the grounds of the Ukrainian Museum and Village Society, otherwise known as Gardenton Park. Money raised from the event is used to support the community’s only park.
“It was a very fun day and it was a great show,” stated Arseny. “We had four drivers for the mud bog and 12 cars in the derby – the event is held for fun, a few trophies and, of course, bragging rights.”
The derby has been taking place since 2004 and Arseny has been involved with organizing it since 2006.
“My husband is from Gardenton and his brother was into demolition derbies so they both decided that it would be fun bringing such an event to their hometown,” explained Arseny. “Over the years, it has been very successful for us even though we are way out here.”
The group feels that they have the ideal location and everything they need to make the event even bigger and better.
“There are not many demolition derbies around anymore and people love to come out for them when there is one,” said Arseny. “We have what it takes to get bigger and better and there is still potential of growth in the event.”
Organizers are already looking into ways to improve the event for next year. They plan on looking at better advertising to encourage more drivers to participate.
“The more people we have participating, the bigger our crowds will be,” concluded Arseny.
This year’s event drew participants and visitors from communities throughout the region, including Ste. Anne, Zhoda, Sundown, Tolstoi, Grunthal, and Lorette along with Selkirk and Winnipeg.
The dust was flying as the big cars smashed their way to the finals.