Arenacross coming to county fair

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

Roosevelt County residents looking forward to watching cars slamming into each other as part of the demolition derby will instead have to settle for 75-foot backflips and motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle races Saturday night during the Roosevelt County Fair.

The Portales Arenacross is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Last year, the demolition derby drew 25 entries after drawing 11 in 2003. Demolition derby coordinator Scott Turner said approximately 2,500 people attended last year’s event.

Fair board president Jana Roberts said the decision not to have the demolition derby was for safety reasons. She said the decision to switch to the arenacross was made in July.

“We couldn’t get it set up,” Roberts said. “We couldn’t agree on the rules and safety measures.”

Tod Hammock of CycleCity Promotions said the arenacross event at the Curry County Fair drew more than 400 entrants and approximately 3,300 fans.

“It’s a huge draw,” Hammock said. “I think people like it because you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s extreme action close to you. You’re front and center. It’s the next best thing to being in the motorcycle.”

Roberts said there have already been several calls about entering races.

Hammock said those interested in entering the races need to show up by 4 p.m. on Saturday through the west entrance of the fairgrounds. Entry fees are $20 per class.

The practice session begins at 5 p.m.