FARMINGTON -- Based on the success of demolition derbies during summer county fairs in the area, it was only a matter of time before a local entrepreneur brought the car-crashing action indoors to offset the doldrums of winter.
An indoor demolition derby has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Legacy Events Center indoor horse arena, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington.
The derby is being organized by Chad R. Bangerter, of Full Throttle Power Sports, in conjunction with Stirrin Dirt Racing, a producer of the show.
"We're going to try it," said Bangerter, who already has 24 contestants signed up to compete in what he is referring to as a "winter blast" event.
"We're going to be the guinea pig," Bangerter said.
During the summer, the outdoor demolition derbies generally associated with county fairs sell out, he said.
That is why a 24-car demolition derby inside a heated 2,200-seat arena in the derby off-season on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday makes sense, Bangerter said, particularly where there are so many available drivers to compete.
This will be the first time the Legacy Events Center has hosted a demolition derby in its indoor arena, LEC director Dave Hansen said.
"It will be interesting to see how it works."
Hansen said the county regularly sells out its summer demolition derby event.
With the derby being inside, officials must continually monitor CO2 levels during the event, Hansen said. If levels pose a risk to the public, he said, they will immediately stop the action and allow the building to air out before continuing.
Similar to the summer demolition derby, Hansen said, part of the county's agreement with the derby sponsor will be for them to have emergency personnel on hand in case of an injury or vehicle fire.
"Everybody has got a little redneck in them," Bangerter said, trying to explain the allure of the sport. "We all like to watch it happen. The opportunity (for an accident), you know it is going to happen, it is just a matter of how bad -- or how good," he said.
Tickets can be purchased at SmithTix or at Full Throttle Power Sports in Centerville.
The cost is $16 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under. There is a $2 discount for those adult tickets purchased in advance.