Crushers to get down and dirty

Brenden Williams

The Capital City Crushers are taking a new twist to volleyball.

The Crushers, Topeka’s roller derby team, are asking the community to join in Crusherfest, a mud volleyball tournament and camping weekend Sept. 18–20 at Lessman Farms (also known as “Truckhenge”), 4124 N.E. Brier Rd.

The tournament will benefit the Crushers to help with the costs of operating the team. The deadline to form teams of six to 10 people is Sept 1.

The event is to help fund the Crushers for the coming year. The cost is $25 per player, giving them access to all activities throughout the weekend as well as camping, which is $10 for a weekend pass for non-players, as well as $7 for a spectator’s pass.

Anyone over the age of 14 is encouraged to join in the tournament, while anyone under 14 is welcome, they must be accompanied by an adult.

“Crusherfest is a family friendly event, kids can enjoy yard games, fishing, camping, vendors and family time,” said Melissa Kershner, head of the Crushers marketing department.

“We will be at Truckhenge again this year, if you haven’t been out there before it is a great place to unplug and just enjoy each other’s company.”

“We’ve had a lot of interest in our vendor booths, so far we have Topeka Airsoft, Goddess Dresses, IT works, Passion Parties, Mr. Nice Guy Hot Box, Younique and Scentsy attending Crusherfest,” said Kelly Vanderpool, head of sponsorship and fundraising for the Crushers.

Vanderpool has been working diligently with local businesses and vendors to make sure Crusherfest is a blast for everyone.

If you would like to sponsor Cusherfest, sign up a team or set up a vending booth, visit for more information.