The organizers of the Jackie Carey English Demolition Derby have planned a full day of activities even before the demo derby itself begins on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Henry County fairgrounds in Cambridge.

Organizers are planning a day full of activities for the annual Jackie Carey English Demolition Derby on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Henry County fairgrounds, Cambridge.

At 8 a.m., the Run for Alpha 1 will raise money for efforts to make the public aware of the medical condition.

The rest of the day, funds will be raised to help the Cambridge and Osco/Andover fire departments and the Cambridge Ambulance Service purchase equipment or otherwise provide for the needs of the volunteers.

Events include:

• 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vendor/craft show, including a booth for Sierra Brown’s A Hand to Hold organization. The Cambridge High School senior is the reigning Miss Blackhawk Valley’s Outstanding Teen. She founded A Hand to Hold as her platform for the Outstanding Teen pageant. The organization helps people struggling with poverty and encourages children to lovingly serve others through volunteering in the community.

Last fall, A Hand to Hold collected coats, hats, gloves and twin-sized blankets, as well as cash donations. Everything went to G.R.O.W. Ministries of Cambridge for dstribution in several counties.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free car seat check. Certified technician Shelby DeLellis will offer free car seat checks. DeLellis said nine out of 10 child restraint systems are not installed or used correctly.

Drivers are asked to bring the car seat owner’s manual and allow at least 30 minutes for the seat check. They can contact DeLellis at to reserve a time slot, or they can just drop by.

• Noon. Remote control tech time, with the demo derby starting at 1 p.m. Competitors represent all ages, and compete in regular class and Outlaw/ProMod class. Trophies will be presented for first and second place, and 100 percent payback will go third place. Fat Kid R/C Derby Circuit is in charge.

• Noon. Registration for the bags tournament, followed by 1 p.m. competition.

Geneseo Moose Lodge 990 is hosting the tournament, with proceeds going to Illinois Special Olympics. The first-place team will receive two pit passes. Anyone without a partner should come anyway, and organizers will find one.

• 2 to 4 p.m. Live music by Paddy Sloan.

• 4 p.m. Children’s powered riding toy demolition derby. Boys and girls ages 3 to 10 are invited to check in with their machines at 3 p.m. They are to come through the pit gate entrance to get to the track in front of the grandstand.

• 4:45 p.m. Kick Cancer tribute. Everyone is invited to wear special cancer shirts and to purchase special Kick Cancer beads at the grandstand entrance.

• 5 p.m. Demolition derby, grandstand. Brown will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the demolition derby.

Classes include weld, mini vans, 80’s wire, open wire, wire patch, compact wire, rookie/powder puff, turn key (up to five cars) and turn key (six or more cars).