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JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Chaos and destruction return this spring for a break in the serene wildflower scenes across the Hill Country.

The Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Association’s 23rd annual Demolition Derby is 7 p.m. April 11 at the Burnet County Fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive.

The derby was not held last year, and organizers wanted to bring it back with a crunch.

“We have a new committee running this, trying to revive it,” said Thomas Williams, director of the Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Association. “We want to see this thing grow.”

This year’s demolition derby will feature two divisions of cars: full-size and compact. Compact division cars must be 4-6 cylinders and front-wheel drive and have a wheel base of 109 inches or less.

Very few modifications may be made to the cars. A small roll cage may be built onto a car. No extra-strength bumpers or other modifications are allowed.

Gates open to contestants at 5 p.m. and to the public at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

Concessions will be available, and patrons may bring their own drinks in coolers. Organizers ask that people not bring glass bottles.

“That’s for the safety of everybody out there,” Williams said. “Livestock as well.”

With the Bluebonnet Festival going on the same day, organizers said they are working to encourage people to attend all the events in Burnet on April 11.

“We’re going to try to keep it to a limited time,” said Brent Nichols, vice president of the association. “We don’t want to interfere with the bands downtown.”

Nichols said he expects the derby to have little down time and to finish in a little more than two hours.

Williams said this is his third year to be involved in the derby.

“It’s been challenging, but it’s also been fun,” he said.

Part of his responsibility means not only putting on a good show but making sure it gets better each year.

“If people give feedback, we’re going to learn from that feedback,” Williams said.

For more, search for the Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Association on Facebook or call Nichols at (512) 663-2856 or Williams at (512) 801-0770.

jared@thepicayune.com