The Nezperce Lions Club in years past has sponsored the Annual Combine Demolition Derby which was always a great success. However for the 18th edition, on Sunday, September 30, 2018, a name change was in order due to the unavailability of combines to fix up and smash, so the derby is now called Chaos on the Camas. There were grain truck races, trailer demo derby, stick horse races and various other contests, The continued success of the events relies heavily on the support of the entire community.
Mike Kennedy won the final Trailer Demo Derby race that featured the nine surviving vehicles and trailers. There were three heats that eliminated several of the contestants, one contestant had his trailer wheels fall of as he was lining up but was allowed to hook up another trailer that had fallen off right at the start of the first heat.
In the Truck races the final featured a tight race between Jeremy Southern and Brian Kirkland with the two changing leads during the 10-lap race with Southern getting past Kirkland right at the end for the win.
There was a special “women driver” heat of the grain truck races featuring five drivers and trucks. The start saw four of the trucks go forward and one backward.
The Nezperce FFA hosted Stick Horse Races for youth with a special “royalty race” featuring the incoming Lewis County Fair Royalty Queen Fallon Wilkins (daughter of Adrian and Benjamin Wilkins Mark and Shiloh Hand) and Princesses Eden Hand (daughter of Mark and Shiloh Hand), Lottie Inglet (daughter of Lorna and Robert Inglet) and Laysn Berry did the race with them representing the Nezperce FFA. Lottie won the race.
The Lewis County Eagles football team hosted a tennis ball throw, where those who purchased a ball had a chance to win money by thowing the ball into a moving combine.
This year’s emcees, Mike Tatko and Nathan Riggers hosted several trivia contests for cash during the clean-up sessions between races.
The Nezperce Lions Club wish to thank everyone that supported this year’s event.
Once again the “Chaos on the Camas” was well attended and the weather was exceptional.
The Combine Derby, a.k.a “Chasos on the Camas” and other successful projects, such as the Lions Burger Stand that allows us to sponsor scholarships for local graduating seniors and the Safe and Sane party to keep high school students SAFE & SANE on graduation night. They also allow us to support Summer Youth Sports programs and high school state tournaments and help us pay for eye exams and eyeglasses for people in need in the Lewis Clark Valley and on the Camas Prairie. Contributions are also made to the school music programs, school art programs, annual Farm Safety Day and anything else that may come up during the year.