Demolishing stuff, giving back to the community and “laughing your butt off” is what the Coastal Slam Jam, scheduled Sept. 3, is all about, according to the event’s organizer, Michael “Stumpy” Borough.
By Ann Powers
“We’re going to break things, crush things,” Stumpy said of the second annual event. “Tillamook County – they like to hear the crunch. It just gets everybody pumped. I mean, how many times do you want to sit in a car and go crunch something?”
Hosted by the nonprofit Tillamook County Paying It Forward, organizers said the Slam Jam is kid-friendly and will feature demolition derbies, monster truck rides, comedy, bounce houses, concessions and more.
“We’ve got a couple of RVs were going to squish,” said Stumpy, who owns Tillamook RV Repair. “We’ve also got a motor home called the Green Bay Packer Smacker. We’re going to abuse it first before we crunch it.”
Another Jam activity is being billed as the ‘David vs. Goliath’ competition. Officials said a 40-foot school bus will go up against a Chevy Suburban. Last vehicle running – wins.
“It’s to the death,” Stumpy explained. “We want to have fun.”
And if attendees don’t have fun, they’ll have a chance to acknowledge their dismay in front of the event’s audience and Stumpy promises to give them their money back. The entry fee is $
10 per person and free for kids 4 and under.
Last year’s Slam Jam drew about 1,800 people and this year Stumpy hopes 4,000 will come out for all of “the noise and excitement.”
The Coastal Slam Jam kicks off at 9 a.m. and the derbies start at 1 p.m. Monster Jeep rides will be offered before and after the derbies. Vehicles to be featured during the event are on display at the Tillamook RV Repair lot, located at 1925 Suppress Road North.
Stumpy added he’d also like to have live music for the big day and encourages local bands wanting to play to call him at (503) 812-5633.
Tillamook County Paying It Forward hosts events and has food trailers available to community members to use at their occasions. For more information, visit the nonprofit’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TillamookCountyPayingItForward/.