Combines crash, grain trucks race Saturday

Every so often, I’m compelled to write about an event that’s a little – you guessed it – different.
   And a demolition derby between combines is at least that.
   I’m talking about 14,000-pound behemoths of the Columbia Basin wheat fields. Old, lumbering combines that, back in the 1970s, harvested wheat, perhaps even rye or barley, in the scorching sun.
   This Saturday, combine jockeys from across Washington will gather to crash their John Deeres, McCormicks, International Harvesters, and New Hollands in the rodeo arena at Lind, population 572, located 18 miles southwest of Ritzville. 2014 marks the Lind Combine Demolition Derby’s 26th year.
   Besides the demolition derby, spectators can attend a parade and cheer grain-truck and pickup races. Read the Columbia Basin Herald article.

by  Jon Osterberg



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