FARMINGTON -- Using an old truck as a promotional ploy could entice additional drivers to compete in the Davis County Fair's demolition derby.
In addition to $12,000 in prize money available at this year's annual derby, the county has added to the prize package a 1989 Chevy pickup truck wrapped in a new "The Truth" anti-tobacco campaign message.
The Davis County Commission is expected to approve the agreement with "The Truth" at its regularly scheduled 10 a.m. Tuesday meeting at the Memorial Courthouse, 28 E. State St., in Farmington.
The truck, which has received a "facelift" from derby sponsor The Truth, will be awarded to this year's winner of the derby's truck heat, said Megan Hatch, Davis County Fair coordinator.
"They can use (the truck) however they like."
The truck has 112,000 miles on it and has been used as one of the county's work trucks.
"It runs great," Hatch said.
The demolition derby is one of the main ticketed attractions of the Davis County Fair. The derby is to be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Legacy Events Center outdoor arena, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington.
The county fair, free to the public, will be Aug. 17-20 at the same location.
The intent is to use the 1989 truck, which is currently parked on the events center grounds, as an incentive to get more drivers to register for the event, Hatch said.
"This is another fun way of getting people's attention," she said.
Last year, the derby's truck heat had six contestants, Hatch said. The hope is to significantly increase those numbers.
The cost to register for the event is $50. Drivers who are interested can register online at www.davisfair.com or at intrepidmotorsports.com, an event sponsor.
Although there is a shortage of older vehicles that can serve as derby cars as a result of President Barack Obama's "Cash for Clunkers" vehicle trade-in program, officials say the Davis County Fair has been able to maintain solid derby participation.
For more information, call 801-451-4080.