GETTING THERE: The Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company's Demolition Derby series continues Aug. 27 and Oct. 1 at the derby grounds, six miles north of Reisterstown, Md. Take I-95 north to the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) north. Follow that to I-795 north to Exit 9, then east on Butler Road to Maryland Route 30. Arcadia is six miles north on Route 30.

BEING THERE: Gates open at 2 p.m., show starts at 4. Info: 410-374-4111, Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Well worth the detour: Just south of Arcadia on Old Hanover Road lies the village of Boring, which provides such excellent photo ops as the Boring Volunteer Fire Company and the Boring United Methodist Church.

STAYING THERE: The closest hotels to Arcadia are in Westminster in Carroll County and in the suburbs of Baltimore County. We stayed at the serviceable AmeriSuites hotel (4730 Painters Mill Rd., 410-998-3630,; from $144 a night) in Owings Mills, 15 minutes away.

EATING THERE: You will want to try the pit beef at the derby, but compare the Arcadia firefighters' offering of this regional dish with another version at Beef Shakes (410-833-6650) on Route 30 just north of Reisterstown. As we approached from the road, we were entranced by the possibility of an exciting new meat-based drink, but alas the name is merely a combo of the main menu items, beef sandwiches and milkshakes. Dinner for two runs $15 to $20. The mocha shake rocks, as does the sound system that pumps Sirius Satellite Radio's 1950s drive-in tunes.

OTHER DEMOLITION DERBIES: Upcoming events in the area include the Prince William County Fair ( at 7 p.m. Aug. 15, 17 and 18 at the county fairgrounds in Manassas; the Montgomery County Fair ( at the county fairgrounds in Gaithersburg at 8 p.m. Aug. 19-20; the Great Pocomoke Fair ( in Pocomoke City on Maryland's Eastern Shore at 4 p.m. Sept. 17; and the Warren County Fair ( in Front Royal, Va., at 7 p.m. Thursday. For other derbies: Demolition Derby Drivers Association,

INFO: Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau, 410-296-4886,