Ultimate redneck fun

The Glendon Derby ensures enough small-town thrills to keep a crowd coming back year after year

by Kristen Cook |

A yellow truck, decked out with confederate flags, smashes into a black truck in front of a large crowd.

The Glendon Derby promises plenty of thrills. — Photo courtesy Sherry Skrypichayko

The Glendon Derby started 23 years ago as a fundraiser for the Glendon Agricultural Society. More than two decades later, it can still be described as the ultimate redneck event. Glendon, Alberta, which lies half an hour west of Bonnyville, hosts visitors for this event each year far exceeding the town's population.

Typically, more than 3,000 people attend the derby events, which have grown to include some exciting mud bog heats. On August 11, 2012, the day kicks off with a pancake breakfast, which is followed by a parade at 10 a.m. Attendees can then descend upon the derby site with the rest of the crowd, with the mud bog events beginning at noon and the actual derby starting at 1 p.m.

There will be plenty of fun to fill in every part of the day. The event includes a section for youngsters who get tired of watching trucks smash into each other. There’s also the opportunity for folks to enter a raffle to drive a derby vehicle on their own, and there will be beer gardens on site.

One highlight is an event that is sure to keep anyone entertained.

“We have greased pig races,” said organizer Sherry Skrypichayko. “It is muddy, it is greasy, it is crazy and all the little kids are running through the pits wearing their garbage bags and trying to catch the pig.”

The entry fee, for anyone interested in entering the derby, is $100. Admission for those who just want the thrill of watching is $15 for adults and only $5 for children under eight years old. There is lots of parking available, and campsites near by mean visitors can come for the weekend.

The Glendon Derby is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the agricultural society, with all proceeds returning to the community. The derby has been almost too successful, but volunteers have stepped up to ensure this year can be another roaring success.

“Clearly people do love it here—it is cool,” said Skrypichayko. “I’m glad to be keeping it alive.”

Anyone with questions can contact the Glendon Ag Society on Facebook.

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