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Demolition Derby at Pierce County Fair A Smashing Success

By Staff | Jul 9, 2015

Photos by JT Pelt/PCT Cars get smashed at the Demolition Derby, held last week at the Pierce County Fairgrounds.

The passion is in the smashing for drivers and spectators alike in a demolition derby. It was no different at this year’s demolition derby at the Pierce County Fair.

What is a “Demolition Derby”? Well, you first start with a good or not so good your preference, working car. Then, you remove all the glass, cut out the air conditioner, move the gas tank and the battery. Then, you tear out all of the seats and inside door panels except the driver’s. Now, the car is ready to be smashed into other cars until only one is left running.

When asked his thoughts about the Demolition Derby, first time visitor Wayne Lester, from Grand Forks said, “There is nothing quite like it, I am hooked.” Wayne was on his way to Minot, and stopped in Rugby just to take a gander at a live demolition derby. Wayne continued, “They used to show things like this all the time on T.V., and I would watch it, but now the only way to see it is in person.” He continued, “Now I know if you haven’t seen a demolition derby in person, you really haven’t seen one!”

Results for this year’s Big Car Derby were as follows: First place was Tyler Keller from Selz. Second place was demolition derby veteran Jackson Bernstein out of Bottineau. Taking third place on this year’s Big Car Derby was Tristin Lunde, from Rugby.

Results for this year’s Herby Derby were: Brandon Wangler from Rugby took first place. Erica Mattern also from Rugby took second place. Making it a clean sweep from Rugby Rod Wangler finished in third place.

Event coordinator Lawrence Mattern, when asked about his thoughts of this year’s demolition derby, shared, “I was very pleased with the car count.” Lawrence continued, “The fans were great and there was wonderful attendance. I appreciate all the support we got from Don Jelsing from the fair, its volunteers and all the people that came and enjoyed the demolition derby.” When asked about next year, Lawrence said, “We plan on expanding the event so stay tuned for bigger and better things.”

– Tribune Staff Report

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