What do you do if you live in the scablands of Central Washington and the price of wheat falls and your combine is on its last legs?
The simple answer is you get it ready for one last run in the field.
The demolition field Of course .
That’s right, combine demolition derby. Could anything be more fun than watching hard worked winter wheat growers total each other’s combines in a confined rodeo ring? It beats bass fishing down at the potholes seven ways for Sunday.
And just where is this demonstration of controlled agricultural mayhem held? Why in scenic Lind, Washington, just a hop skip and jump down the road from wonderful Wenatchee on US 395.
Combine Destruction Derby isn’t for the faint of heart farmer. And it ain’t no collection of remote control battle bots being run by members of some high school computer club, or the woodwind section from Beverly Hills high. This is the real thing. Big ass monstrous green supercharged John Deere 7700’s using their header tines to shred opposing Internationals and other lesser machines. What could be more fun than watching Kodiak snooze spittin’ real-deal grain farmers using an old, but still powerful and serviceable combine, to destroy their friends’ and neighbors’ heavy equipment?
It sure beats watching the mildew wipe out the Red Turkey wheat crop.
You can’t make this stuff up. But you can attend it, on June 10 in Lind, WA. For more information go to www.lindwa.com or call 509 677-8846. Hell, it’s only $10 and your seat is close enough to see firsthand what a combine’s header can do when it connects with the sheet metal of another combine. And, there’s great barbeque on hand as well.
Demolition derby for heavy equipment? My dad, a caterpillar operator, named Boardie Forbes, would laugh his ass off at this. I probably will too. Boardie’s son, Jim Forbes —02/25/2007.