Roller Derby could be called a mash-up of various disciplines—take track racing and add a dash of football's tackling and blocking, a pinch of wrestling showmanship, and simmer it into a frenetic stew of spectacle.
The Treasure Valley Rollergirls are cooking up a batch Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21, with five teams skating in from neighboring states for the fourth Spudtown Knockdown Tournament at Expo Idaho.
Crescent No Lawyers Bar and Grill hosts a meet-and-greet on Friday from 5-8 p.m., giving the public a chance to share a beer with Rollergirls like Raggedy Ann-ihilation, Boobie Houser M.D. and Cherry EffBomb.
Bouts kick off Saturday with Seattle's Rat City Rollergirls vs. Salt Lake City's Wasatch Roller Derby, and the Treasure Valley Rollergirls vs. Eugene, Ore.'s, Emerald City Rollergirls. Also taking to the battlefield will be Junction City Roller Dolls from Ogden, Utah, and the Happy Valley Derby Darlins from Spanish Fork, Utah.
The final bout to decide who'll be the "Best of the Rest in the West" is on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Alongside the ass-kicking ladies, the tournament includes a men's bout between Boise's own Capital City Skull Crushers against Salt Lake City's Uinta Madness, along with a junior derby.