The countdown begins for the return of Roller derby action in the Columbia River Gorge.

Starting at 6 p.m. this Saturday teams representing the River Reapers and The Dalles Cherry Bombers will duke it out at Hood River High School for the annual kickoff to the 2013 roller derby season.

This sport is physically demanding for all of these athletes and the skill range goes from beginners to expert.

Make no mistake about, it some of these rollers will exceed top speeds on the course in two hours of action.

Tickets are on sale now through the website and costs are $10 for general admission and children 6-years old and under are admitted free.

Doors at Hood River Valley High School open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m.

Volunteers are still needed for this event.

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