An often wet and muddy county fair concluded with a fiery finish with the Smash-It Demolition Derby Saturday night at the Madison County Fairgrounds’ grandstand.
Competitors from around central Ohio assembled that evening getting into cars and ramming into each other with Central Township Fire Crews on scene in case the action became too dangerous.
The competition featured five classes, ’8os Wire Class, Smash-it Class, Mini Cars, Street Stock Class and Power Wheels.
The children’s Power Wheels competition kicked off the night with young kids in modified electric toy cars bumping into each other more for fun than anything else. Every participant received a participation trophy.
Smash-it Class, consisting of American-made sedans and station wagons, was next with four competitors. Ray Allen from Lima took the win for the class, winning $1,000. Second place was Charles Lintley from Springfield with third going to Dusty Hubbard of London.
This was followed by the Mini class, which featured cars which cannot have a reverse wheelbase more than 106 inches and a forward wheelbase no more than 109 inches. Out of the 15 cars, three were left standing by the end. Shawn Johnson came out on top, winning the class and netting him $1,000 followed by Steve Robinson of West Jefferson.
A less crowded competition followed with the ’80s wire class which featured four sedans or station wagons from 1980 onwards. The loudest event yet, the four automobiles rammed into each other in a fast and wild competition.
Finally, the Street Stock event with well over a dozen factory cars modified with parts of the same make duked it out for the $2,000 prize. Rich Duggins took the prize after a fierce one on one with Michael Schuh taking second.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.