The Bulkley Valley Kinsmen are trying something new this spring. The club is planning on hosting a truck derby in May.
It will be smaller than the annual Telkwa BBQ as it will only be one day but there are plans for a comedy night afterwards followed by a dance.
Club volunteer Lisa O’Sullivan said the idea for the event came from long standing derby drivers.
“The idea is to create a little more interest in the truck side of the derby while making it a fun and affordable event. Right now, our winnings for the overall Telkwa Derby [on Labour Day weekend] for the cars is quite high. It is the highest in the province, maybe even in Western Canada. It makes it hard to get into the event. For the people who have never done it before, this spring derby will be a smaller event geared towards people who are wanting to try it out, get into the event. It is also less of a commitment,” she explained.
The Village of Telkwa is letting the club use the community hall, grounds and works yard for the event on the weekend of May 5. The Village is only charging the club a damage deposit and a cleaning fee. O’Sullivan said they also have the support from the Telkwa Volunteer Fire Department and Smithers paramedics.
The event is also a fundraiser for the club. Any proceeds from the derby will go back into the community.
“We have a couple of things we’d like to put those proceeds towards like playground equipment in the local area, whether it be Telkwa, Smithers or Moricetown. Or just have money for other things. Recently, we gave money to Norma’s Ark to help with the wheelchair access for their daycare. So being able to have the funds to give to those type of things comes from events like this.”
O’Sullivan is hoping this will become an annual event. People interested in participating can find more information on the club’s Facebook page.