By Heres Goldendale
Diana Notestine 

So long, Demolition Derby?


The Goldendale Demolition Derby,as we know it, may be a thing of the past. Once again, it appears that the times are a-changing, says Elaynna James, director of the newly founded Goldendale Junior Community Chamber, referring to the future of the derby. Everyone involved was warned the past four years that this tradition would go away if it was not supported as a whole, meaning in the areas of volunteers, donations, driver participants, and spectators. The Derby has had a $3,000 loss every year for the past three consecutive years. Ticket sales were down by one hundred tickets, and beer garden tickets were down by $500. The Goldendale Jaycees organization fell in membership, so they lost their charter, therefore this new group was formed. The GJCC Mission Statement is: an organization that does fundraising where 100 percent of the money goes back into the community. In just the past two years, all of the money has went to high school scholarships that are available to graduating seniors from all communities within Klickitat County, Goldendale FFA, Volleyball Club, Goldendale Little League, Klickitat County Livestock Sale, 4H Groups, and Dance Team. In years past they funded donations to many youth clubs and teams, as well as other community clubs.

The group could use more members and volunteers. Anyone who is 18 years and over can join the GJCC. If you take pride in your Goldendale Community, then this group could be for you.

The Demolition Derby does not qualify for city tourism funds, since the event is held in the county, but they will be looking into county tourism funds.

Everyone who is interested in keeping the Demoliton Derby alive by supporting it somehow is invited to a meeting on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Goldendale Chamber at 903 East Broadway. Bring your solutions and possible commitment to the table.

The Derby has lost their Fourth of July date this year for the Fairgrounds but could possibly get a later date, if many things can fall into place very soon. After all, after 43 successful years of the derby, it would be very sad to have to see it go completely.

Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. They have programs for families that range from pregnant moms to five years old. Head Start promotes school readiness and provides family support services. Pick up your applications in the primary school office or next door at Head Start. Also, please join us for our open house on March 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. It is open to the public and will showcase the education and services we provide.

Turn your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 11, for Daylight Saving Time.


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