CHATHAM — More than $1,400 in cash prizes and trophies will be awarded each night to this year’s winners of the 2017 Columbia County Fair Demolition Derby as the much-anticipated two-night fair favorite returns under the management of Stoney Roberts Promotions, Inc. after a 25-year hiatus. Two nights of Demo Derby action roar into the grandstand on opening day, Wednesday Aug. 30 and Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. The first night is sponsored by the Register Star and Chatham Courier while the finale is sponsored by Madsen Overhead Doors, Inc. and W & B Golf Carts, Inc.

Stoney Roberts Promotions, Inc. is based out of 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 again after all of these years,” 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.

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.

The 177th annual Columbia County Fair runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 4 at the historic fairgrounds at Routes 66 and 203 in Chatham. The fair is presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society, a private, non-profit organization.