More than $1,400 in cash prizes and trophies will be awarded each night to this year’s winners of the 2018 Columbia County Fair Demolition Derby as the much-anticipated two-night fair favorite returns under the management of Stoney Roberts Promotions, Inc. for the second year in a row. Two nights of Demo Derby action roar into the grandstand on opening day, Wednesday Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The first night is sponsored by while the finale is sponsored by Madsen Overhead Doors, Inc. and W & B Golf Carts, Inc.

Stoney Roberts Promotions, Inc. is based in Harriman, Tennessee and is considered to be “the original automobile demolition derby company,” staging derbies all over the United States. “It’s great to be working with Stoney Roberts,” said John Craft, Entertainment Committee Chairman. “The Demo Derby is a big draw and Stoney Roberts puts on a top-notch event that spectators and drivers really enjoy.”

Participants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, supply their own vehicle and comply with all safety rules. Entry fee is $30 per vehicle. Drivers can enter in four-cylinder, six-cylinder, eight-cylinder cars, full-size trucks and vans, mini-van, mini-pick-ups and mini-SUV classes. Specialty vehicle heats are offered both nights of the Demo Derby. Best appearance theme Aug. 29 is “Minions,” while best appearance theme Aug. 30 is “Boss Baby.”

Entry forms are available at Charron’s Market in Chatham, Broadway Garage on Route 9 in Hudson, the Columbia County Fair Office in Chatham and online at the fair’s website at For more information, call the fair office at (518) 392-2121.

Entry forms may be filled out and mailed to the Columbia County Fair Office or dropped off at the office, 32 Church St., Chatham. Entries are guaranteed when payment is received. Once the entry fee is paid, contestants will be assigned an authorized vehicle number which should be painted on the vehicle entered in the race. Contestants may also pick their own number, but it is on a first to register basis.

The 178th Columbia County Fair runs Wednesday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 3 at the fairgrounds at Routes 66 and 203 in Chatham. Children ages 12 and under continue to get in free daily. Parking for the entire six-day run of the fair is free. A highlight of this year’s fair includes country music band Parmalee performing two shows Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand. Platinum sponsors of this year’s fair are A. Colarusso & Son, Inc. and Hudson River Bank and Trust Co. Foundation. The fair is presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society, a private, non-profit organization.