Another downhill derby is in the books, this time with the Ponoka Kinsmen at the helm.
This year’s derby, held Sept. 8, saw a few less racers but it’s a great first step, said Kinsmen president Mike York. He added that the club feels this is a positive event for the community. “We specialize in having younger members who just really want to get involved in the community.”
“It helps keep that spirit (of community involvement) alive,” he added.
For the racers it’s a red carpet experience, with every kid getting a shirt and a paid lunch, plus participation medals.
“We give trophies for first, second and third in each division,” said York. “And we also give a speeding ticket and trophy to the fastest racer.
That racer, Jack Mast, hit the 44 km/h mark and was given a special speeding ticket from an attending officer.
“We have the RCMP come and actually write that out,” said York, pointing out it’s all about a fun, community event.
There are three divisions of racers with the morning starting out with a practice run, then the racing began.
Looking at next year, the Kinsmen hope to bring in more racers and fans to support the racers. With help from residents, and from sponsors, the downhill derby is one experience the Kinsmen would like to continue.
• First: Reid Klimec
• Second: Connor Wirch
• Third: Logan Zimmer
• First: Alanna Reed
• Second: John Mallis
• Third: Morgan Dubeau
• First: Jack Mast
• Second: Serge Klimec
• Third: Tye Ancion
Fastest speed: Jack Mast 44km/h