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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Demolition derby

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    The annual demolition derby was rescheduled — for Saturday — after days of rain made the arena unusable during the county fair.
    Three highlights
    1. The cars
    Teams made up of friends and families spend weeks getting a derby car ready — making sure the cars conform to the rules and are decorated with a team theme.
    To get a car ready, it must have a protective cage for the driver created, the gas tank moved, driver's side door reinforced and all the glass roomed. The doors must be welded shut — and of course it needs to run pretty well.
     
    2. The competition
    There is prize money up for grabs, and the competition will be intense.
    The derby will consist of heats and consolation qualifying heats. The last two active cars and drivers in each heat will comprise the feature cars and drivers. If the driver qualifies in more than one car they must pick the one car they will drive in the feature.
     
    3. Support for the fair
    The demolition derby is usually one of the most well attended events of the Harvey County Fair — meaning revenue for the annual celebration of agriculture and 4-H. This year the derby was rained out, and moved to this weekend.
     
    If you go
    When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Demolition Derby arena south of the Harvey County Fairgrounds in Newton.
    Tickets: Adults $8 Children (11 and under) $3
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