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Date: September 6, 2014
Time: Gates open at 5:00 PM - Derby starts at 7:00 PM
Place: Payson Event Center

Admission fees are:
$12 for adults
$6 for Kids ages 3-11 are 
Under 2 are free

The 7th Annual Payson Demolition Derby  is held in conjunction with the Northern Gila County Fair and is sponsored by Payson Parks & Recreation and Honeycutt Rodeo. 

For further information contact Nelson Beck at (928) 474-5242, ext. 306


This year marks the 6th Annual Demolition Derby in Payson.  This event is very well attended by the community and offers great family fun and entertainment.  If you have never had the opportuniy to experience a Demilition Derby, we invite you to come to Payson and enjoy the crashes, the smashes and the bashes.
Not everyone is willing to spend hours customizing a car in preparation to ram it directly into another vehicle, but that's exactly what individuals who enter demolition derbies do.
The flying mud and clashing metal of demolition derbies are popular aspects of the upcoming Payson, Arizona, Northern Gila County Fair. The derbies inspire drivers to buy and customize junk cars only to smash them into other vehicles in a quest to be the last auto running. 
Purses for such derbies range up to several thousand dollars, but contestants can spend significant time and money to prepare their vehicle for the competition. 
The history of the demolition derby dates back into the 1950s when the first true derby was organized by stock car driver Larry Mendelson on Long Island, New York.

The popularity of the spectacles grew through the 1960s and entered mainstream culture in the 1970s through the television show "Happy Days'" through show character Fonzie's relationship with demolition derby driver Pinky Tuscadero.

Back by popular demand: The Pickup Truck Division and Main Heat Watermelon Smash, both crowd favorites!

Payson started the truck derby. In 2009, we had as many truck entrants as cars! This year the trucks promise to be the crowd favorite.

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2008 Photos

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2009 Photos

Rules for Car and Truck Drivers

2012 Car Rules

2012 Truck Rules

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