By Joseph Pratt
The Pike County Fair is revving up for its annual demolition derby, which will run two nights and draw in the attention of their crowds with mowers, street cars, compacts and more.
The Pike County Fair’s Schedule lists Friday, Aug. 1 for “smash it class, minis, street stock, and mod mowers,” which is set to begin at 7 p.m. The same schedule lists Saturday, Aug. 2 for “smash it class, clean up mod class, minis and mod mowers,” which will also begin at 7 p.m.
Chris Brust, Pike County Fair Board secretary, assists in organizing the demolition derby. Brust has been involved with the board for 10 years, has served as secretary for 8 years and has a 40-year history with the fair in various capacities.
“The demo derby at Pike County Fair usually goes over really well,” Brust said. “We are one of the largest demo derbies that Smash It Demo Derbies puts on in a year. We sometimes have upwards to 80 cars or so during a Saturday evening show. We do lawnmower races, also, along with the derby. It is a good time.”
The demolition derbies are organized by Smash It Demolition Derbies, which operates out of London, Ohio. The organization oversees the demolition derbies of 40 out of the 80 county fairs in Ohio. Tim Clark oversees company operations.
“Everyone likes watching derbies, because you don’t really know if a car is going to flip over, catch fire, or if it is a great big hit. It is the excitement of not knowing what to expect,” Clark said.
Clark is also excited to showcase a “power wheel” category, which is for kids, ages 4-8, operating battery powered vehicles.
More information can be found at www.smashitderby.com.
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