Organizers adding rides, features and infrastructure
by David Lazenby
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The Jasper Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair will return Sept 20-24.
The Jasper Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair will return Sept 20-24.
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Because its demolition derby has been such a smashing success, organizers of the Jasper Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair decided to have two derbies for the event to be held Sept. 20- 24.

"It seems to me everybody likes demolition derbies," said Brian Grace, president of the Jasper Jaycees Fair. "That's what brings the people in, and that's what we're after."

The first demolition derby will be a different kind of event than what the fair has featured in years past.

"Tuesday night we're going to do a chain and bang," Grace said. "Entrants will bring in their car ... and there's nothing modified on it. Basically, they're going to chain the door shut and we're going to bang them."

Grace said all the cars that take part in Tuesday's event will get free entry into the derby being held on Sept. 23, which will have a $650 payout for the last car rolling.

"It's really worth getting out there and wrecking them for that," he said.

Another contest being held at the fair Sept. 23 is a karaoke contest in which the top performer will win $300, second place will get $200 and the third-place winner will get $100.

Grace said another new feature for this year's fair is a new ride that will dwarf the 73-foot tall Giant Astro Wheel, the tallest ride at previous fairs held at the Jasper Jaycees Fairgrounds off Airport Road in Jasper.

Grace said the Atmos Fear takes riders high in the sky then gives them a 90-foot tower free fall.

He added that a few additional children's rides will also be featured at this year's fair.

Currently fair organizers are seeking additional entrants to the Battle of the Bands contest that will pit local musical groups against each other.

Bands interested in taking part in the competition may contact Joseph Lott at Joe's Shirt Shop at 205-384-9933.

Also this year, the fair will also have Dollar Night, which is always popular with local penny pinchers. On Sept. 18 fair patrons will only have to pay $1 for fair entry and $1 per ride.

Frugal fair goers may also be interested in turning out Sept. 24 from 2-5 p.m. when admission will be free.

Also, the fair will feature a Toy Bowl cheerleading exhibit. Those interested in taking part in that event may call Jenny Sandlin at 205-275-6364.

"Last year we had almost 20 squads there," Grace said.

Another feature that will improve the fair in the event of not-so-fair weather is gravel that the Jasper Jaycees spread throughout the fairgrounds.

"We spent a lot of money this year upgrading the fairgrounds," Grace said. "I think we bought about 10 loads and spent $4,000" he said about the 250 tons that will keep patrons shoes clean in the event of rain.

In a future edition of the Daily Mountain Eagle, a special insert will give more details about events and features at this year's fair.