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Demolition Derby Among New Events

The last car standing wins.

This year’s Paul Bunyan Days celebration Sept. 4 to Sept. 7 will include the first-ever Crash for Cash Demolition Derby. Participants will purposely smash their cars into the other competitors. The last car moving is named the winner.

“We have always been trying to come up with different plans for something new and Les Vawter at Junction Quick Stop said have you thought about a demolition derby. We decided that it was a good idea,” Greg Bergquist said.

Mr. Bergquist and his wife, Barbara, are organizing the event, which is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Benewah County Fairgrounds. Those who did not preregister for the event may do at 8 a.m. at the fairgrounds. A $1,500 prize will be offered to the main heat winner.

“You run five cars at a time and you will have a winner from each of those heats,” Mrs. Bergquist said.

“Those winners will go to the main event. We will also have a hard luck heat for those who didn’t make the main heat event but are still able to run. A cash prize will also be offered for that winner.”

How long the event lasts will determine how many cars enter.

“Heats can last 20 to 40 minutes,” he said. “It’s looking like we will have a lot of competitors.”
Admission costs $10 for anyone six years and older. Children five and younger are free. The cost to enter a car is $50. Kiwanis will cook and the St. Joe Valley Car Club will offer a beer garden.

The couple gave thanks to Paul Twidt, of Page Posse Motor Sports in Smelterville, who will provide people to help run and officiate the event. For more information, call 582-0363 or email burjo@smgazette.com.

The sun sets over the carnival at the 2014 Paul Bunyan Days celebration at City Park in downtown St. Maries. Rides like the Ferris Wheel are a mainstay, year after year.

The sun sets over the carnival at the 2014 Paul Bunyan Days celebration at City Park in downtown St. Maries. Rides like the Ferris Wheel are a mainstay, year after year.

In addition to those events, the weekend promises plenty of entertainment. Community booths, the carnival, vendors, helicopter rides and the Blue Ox topless bar will be open and available throughout the weekend.

Children may dress-up their favorite stuffed animal, pet or doll and enter the pet and doll parade. Registration is at 5 p.m. Friday at the Grub Box parking lot. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Prizes to first, second and third place.

Learn some square dancing skills as the Shirts n’ Skirts square dance club from Post Falls will offer dances at the Jon Denny Building at the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. Friday is the singe dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Dancing continues Saturday with the Caller/Cuer Jamboree and will honor Bob and Claudia Amsbury. Pre-rounds are at 7 p.m. and Theresa Ray is the cuer. The mainstream dance is from 8 to 10 p.m. and Don McPeak is the caller. The cost is $8 per person for Saturday and $3 per person for Friday.

Start Saturday off with the Paul Bunyan Days Karen Ebert Memorial 5K Fun run/ Walk. Registration is open at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. at St. Maries High School. For those who did not pre-register, the cost to participate is $21.

Children up to 12 years old are invited to participate in the Junior Olympics. Register at 9:30 a.m. at the football in city park and the games begin at 10 a.m. Awards are presented in each age group. Registration for water events for adults and teenagers (13-17) opens at 11 a.m. at the city pool and events start at noon.

Adults are invited to compete in the Tug-Of-War competition Saturday night. There is a 1,500 pound maximum and a woman must compete on each team. Register at the football field in city park at 6 p.m. with the event to start at 7 p.m. Tug-Of-War is followed by the St. Joe Valley Car Club Dance at 9 p.m. at the Cormana Building with the King Pins. Tickets are $5 at the door. Must be 21.

The Benewah County Humane Society will serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge Sunday. The menu includes scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.

Pool events for children six to 12 begin at 1 p.m. at the city pool with registration at noon. Events will include inner tube races, parent/ child raft races and more. The Paul Bunyan Days auction starts at noon in the football field in city park. There will be three truck logging loads of firewood and two dump truck loads of firewood. Potlatch donated two logging truck loads and St. Maries Logging donated the other. The auction supports the celebration and the fireworks show each year. Any profits from the auction are put back into the city park.The First Baptist Church on 2nd Street invites everyone to worship together during Joy Night at 6 p.m.

The weekend concludes Monday with the parade at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Ken’s Body Shop. Registration will only be accepted until 9:30 a.m. Logging events start at 1 p.m. Those who want to participate can register, beginning at noon at the softball fields. Also planned at noon are events for children ages two to five years old at the main stage in city park.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 4
Noon    Community booths and Blue Ox Tavern open at city park
5 p.m.    Pet and doll parade check-in at Grub Box parking lot
5:30 p.m.    Pet and doll parade
6 to 10 p.m.    Karaoke on stage at city park
Saturday, Sept. 5
All day        Carnival, food booths, Blue Ox and shopping
8 a.m.    Register for Paul Bunyan Days/ Karen Ebert Memorial 5K Run/ Walk at SMHS
8 a.m.    Demolition Derby registration at Benewah County Fairgrounds
9 a.m.    Fun/ Run 5K starts
9:30 a.m.    Junior Olympics registration at football field in city park
10 a.m.    Helicopter rides at west end of city park; Junior Olympics begin; Blue Ox opens
11 a.m.    Water events registration at city pool
11 to 12 p.m.    St. Maries Community Band and Choir at main stage in city park
12 p.m.    Water events
1 p.m.    Crash for Cash Demolition Derby at fairgrounds
1 to 5 p.m.    Down South on stage at city park
6 p.m.    Tug of War Weigh-In at football field in city park
6 to 10 p.m.    American Bonfire at stage in city park
7 p.m.    Tug Of War starts
8 to 12 a.m.    DJ Kevin James at the Blue Ox
9 p.m.    St. Joe Valley Car Club Dance at Cormana Building
Sunday, Sept. 6
All day    Carnival, food booths, Blue Ox and shopping
7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.    Community breakfast at Eagles Lodge
10 a.m.    Helicopter rides at west end of city park
10 a.m. Blue Ox opens
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.    Valley Piecemakers Quilt Show at Heyburn Elementary gym
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.    Spare Parts Band on stage at city park
12 p.m.    Paul Bunyan Auction at football field in city park
12 p.m.    Register for children’s pool events
1 p.m.    Children’s Pool Events
6 p.m.    Joy Night Worship at First Baptist on 2nd Street
8 to 12 p.m.    Family Dance in city park football field with Earl Wear and Haywire
8 to 12 p.m.    DJ Kevin James at the Blue Ox
Monday, Sept. 7
8 to 9:30 a.m.    Register for parade at Ken’s Body Shop
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.    Valley Piecemakers Quilt Show at Heyburn Elementary gym
10 a.m.    Helicopter rides at west end of city park
10 a.m.    Parade down Main Avenue
12 p.m. to close    Carnival, booths, Blue Ox
12 p.m.    Children’s events at main stage in city park
12 p.m.    Logging events registration at softball field
1 p.m.    Logging events

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