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Combine Derby special DVD available for purchase

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Every year drivers soup up old combines for prize money in Lind, Wash. (Photo: SWX) Every year drivers soup up old combines for prize money in Lind, Wash. (Photo: SWX)

For more than 20 years, everyone and anyone with a connection to the town of Lind, Washington have made a unique contest a yearly tradition. It involves a lot of blood, sweat and tears.  And combines.

Introduced to the town by Bill Loomis, owner of Loomis Truck an Tractor, in 1988, the annual derby has brought in curious spectators from all across the state.  About 5,000 people pack the grandstands to watch modified farm implements crash into each other for prize money.

Special from SWX-TV

"The Derby"

All about the annual combine crash derby in Lind, Washington

>Buy DVD copy of "The Derby"


All the combines have to be at least 25 years old, and they have to be useless on the wheat field. The dangerous parts - reels, sickle guards and glass - are all removed to keep the drivers safe, but other than it's a free-for-all.

The total purse for the event exceeds $10,000 (2008 numbers). Everyone who participates receives at least some cash. Awards are given for heat wins, best decorations and best drivers.



*Note: A team of KHQ/SWX photojournalists documented the event in 2009 and spent several months putting a half-hour special together for broadcast.  Copies of the program can be purchased through GrandStadium.tv.

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