Dixie prepares for monsters’ arrival
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Dixie Speedway is set to welcome more fans this weekend than it has at any other time this season, with a two-day special event coming to the Woodstock dirt track.

The Dixie Monster Truck Fall Nationals will be held both this evening and Saturday night. The drag-style races will feature some of the fastest monster trucks in the nation, including Bounty Hunter, Avenger, Gunslinger, Wrecking Crew, Equalizer, Hot Tamale and Iron Outlaw.

Both nights will also feature a freestyle motocross and Show and Shine events, while Saturday will conclude with a demolition derby. Each show is expected to last up to three hours.

Dixie spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said she was not sure how many advanced tickets had already been sold as of Thursday, but they expect crowds of between 13,000 and 15,000 each night.

“Saturday will have a biggest crowd,” Swims-Green said. “We would consider both nights capacity crowds, with Saturday being standing-room-only.”

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at

dixiespeedway.tix.com.

Tonight, will be family night with adult admission starting at $15, and ages 3-11 admitted for $10. Saturday night tickets are available in advance for $17 for adults or at the gate for $20. Youth tickets are $10.

While racing doesn’t begin until 8 p.m., Swims-Green encouraged fans to get to track early. Not only will it ease traffic and parking concerns, but those present between 5 and 7 p.m. will be able to participate in a pit party, where they can go trackside to see the monster trucks up close and meet the drivers.

“The purchase of a ticket includes being able to go down and meet the drivers, get autographs and pictures,” Swims-Green said. “A lot of places charge for that privilege, but we never have. It’s just kind of a thank you to our fans.”

Because a large crowd is expected, Dixie’s policy of allowing high-back lawn chairs only on the top two rows of the grandstand, or in Section F, will be enforced.

While the monster truck races are an annual event at Dixie, they will also compete in a freestyle competition for the first time.

As for the Show and Shine contest, being held at Dixie for the second time this season, anyone in attendance have an opportunity to show off their automobile and win prize money. Fans vote by cheering for the best-looking car as they take turns driving laps around the track.

“That is always a bit hit,” Swims-Green said.

The motocross competition will have participants doing back flips — literally.

“They always put on quite the show,” Swims-Green said. “They get pretty crazy doing back flips and all.”
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