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Lind Combine Derby set for this weekend


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The Lind Combine Derby returns for its 32nd year this weekend at the Lind Lions Club Arena. Above, Palmer Phillips competes in last year's derby.

The Town of Lind is once again anticipating thousands of visitors to flood into their town this weekend for the 32nd Annual Lind Derby Extravaganza Weekend.

The annual event kicks off entertainment on Friday night with car and pickup races, before hosting a variety of events on Saturday at the Lind Lions Club Arena.

The weekend of derby action begins with the annual car races on June 7, with time trials at 6 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Due to the increasing amount of pickups entered into the event, pickup races join the car-racing event on Friday evening.

Before the Saturday events begin, the Ralston Grange is hosting a breakfast at the Lind arena from 7-9 a.m. That morning's activities are kicked off when children from the local communities take to the streets in the annual Kiddie Parade. With the theme of "Where Unicorns And Dragons Live," contestants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite mythological, folklore or fairy tale character-or creature. Participants should arrive at 10 a.m. with their entry form.

All participants receive an award for partaking and should meet at the east end of the Centennial Park. Judging begins promptly at 10:15. The parade begins at 10:45 a.m. just before the Grand Parade.

For more information about the event, contact Jamie Schmunk at 509-347-6696. The forms are available at and completed forms should be brought to the parade for registration.

Immediately following the display of local youngsters, combines and floats alike take to the streets in the Grand Parade at 11 a.m. All of the combine drivers maneuver the equipment through the streets with supporters, family and friends on the combines with them.

Leading the parade as the grand marshal for this year's event is Val and Leroy Watson. The Lind Chamber of Commerce selected the Watsons for the role because of their long history of dedication toward youth and community programs in the town. They will be riding in the parade on their restored 1944 fire truck.

Visitors are invited to Lind Town Park at the conclusion of the parade to enjoy a traditional barbecue meal, catered by Hungry Hounds BBQ. Meals cost $10 a plate. Youth group members are selling dessert and beverages alongside the annual barbecue.

Saturday afternoon marks the beginning of the derby action visitors travel from all over to see.

Pickup truck races begin the heart pounding action at 2 p.m. as drivers race to finish the course before their competitors-and without causing a wreck.

Combines begin rolling into the arena at 3 p.m. in the first heat of metal crunching action, and grain truck and pickup races return to provide intermission entertainment. The final heat of combines will return to the arena before dark in order to crown a victor for the annual competition.

The Grange members return to the derby grounds on Sunday to serve breakfast from 7-9 a.m.

Sunday morning, the Lind Community Church is hosting a special service at the Lind Lions Club Arena. The service begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

After the Saturday night excitement of crunching combines has ended, visitors are invited to watch an equally entertaining event the next day as the local youth take to Smart's Hill to compete in the thrilling Coaster Car Race.

The Coaster Car Races begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, at the top of Smart's Hill on E Street, near the Lind schools. The street is closed for the event so bystanders are encouraged to park elsewhere and walk to the race.

For more information about the weekend events and for a list of contacts, visit


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