‘Heavy Hitters’ demo derby TV productions scheduled for six Saturday evenings starting Aug. 11 at Memorial Park arena

Dave Marner
Managing Editor

Demolition derby enthusiasts will have six chances to view live taping of the reality television series “Heavy Hitters” being produced this fall in Owensville at Memorial Park’s lower arena.

The first of six scheduled derbies featuring competitors from The Outsiders and The Belle Boys is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Subsequent scheduled taping of derby events are planning at 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 25, Sept. 1, Sept. 15, Sept. 29, and Oct. 13. If there is inclement weather on any of these dates which prohibited production of the series, Saturday, Oct. 6, is scheduled as make-up date.

“Those are the dates we have scheduled, but there is always the possibility they could change,” according to John Fitzpatrick, segment producer for Pilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company, based in North Hollywood, Calif. Updates to scheduled events will be posted to the Facebook page www.facebook.com/BelleDemolitionChallenge/.

The Belle Boys and The Outsiders will “square off” in a six-part series of “brutal head-to-head demolition derbies throughout the summer and fall” at the Gasconade County fairgrounds arena in Memorial Park with their first derby on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m., according to the production company. Camera crews will be on site filming for the demolition derby TV series “Heavy Hitters” and spectators will be part of the live, on-camera audience. All ages are welcome. 

In a special meeting on July 23, Owensville’s Board of Aldermen approved an event agreement with Pilgrim Productions, LLC., based in North Hollywood, Calif. The meeting lasted about an hour.

Aldermen approved Ordinance No. 1268 on two readings authorizing Mayor John Kamler to enter into an agreement to stage the derbies on park grounds. The agreement is worth $5,000 per event staged, according to the agreement obtained from the city by The Republican. 

The agreement originally called for the first of the events to be staged this weekend on Aug. 4. “The fourth has been cancelled,” said Tom Lahmeyer, a member of the Gasconade County Fair Association’s lower arena committee. Local scheduling issues were cited in the decision to push back the first even to the following Saturday (Aug. 11).

Nick Baxter, president of the Fair Association, said part of the fee the Fair Association receives will be used to help cover expenses such as fire, ambulance and police services during the events. The city will also be required to close down Red Oak Road through the park on the days of the scheduled debris.

Baxter said the Fair Association was still determining what it planned to do about concession food and beverage services they might offer during the events. Additional details will be provided once decisions are made by those respective fair committees, he said.

Baxter signed the contract for the Fair Association which has exclusive use of the lower arena through a 99-year lease agreement reached earlier this year with the city. That agreement also includes use of Memorial Park to stage the county fair.

Pilgrim Operations, LLC/Pilgrim Films & Television, Inc./Pilgrim Studios and A&E Television Network History are listed as the “producers” being covered under insurance the Fair Association is required to obtain for the scheduled events, according to the agreement. The city and the Fair Association will be listed as “additionally insured” by the liability insurance policy carried by the producer.

Leigh Purinton signed the agreement for Pilgrim Operations, LLC.

The Fair Association will also host a Sept. 22 truck and tractor pulling event as part of a benefit staged by the Ozark Shrine Club.