The Fayette County Agricultural Society and Nation-Wide Demo Derby will be bringing the Ultimate Wire-up Derby to the fairgrounds next Saturday and the community is invited to attend.
According to Doug Marine, senior fair board member and derby committee member, this derby is not the typical Memorial Day weekend derby that the county has experienced over the last few years. The society has been putting on a spring derby for years, but has decided to partner with the Nation-Wide Demo Derby promoter to bring a different type of derby to the county this year.
“Usually we see a lot of heavily modified cars for the derby, but not at this derby,” Marine said during an interview recently. “The Ag society is putting on an Ultimate Wire-up derby and will also have some Nation-Wide classes. We have found that the spectators really enjoy these wire-up classes a little more, because the cars will damage easier. The classes won’t last for an hour, as the vehicles are not as hard to disable. Sometimes the cars we get in here are built like a tank, but these vehicles are not made the same and should make for some exciting classes.”
The “Wire-Up” classes are different because they use vehicles that are close, in condition, to a stock car. Using wire, and having removed the glass in the vehicle, the participants will shut the doors, truck lids and other moving parts. Though named slightly different than usual from the typical spring derby in the county, these cars are sure to be a hit with fast moving action and amazing destruction. Over $15,000 in prize money will be awarded and other classes will be featured, including a four-cylinder compact class, a six-cylinder class, full size truck class and full size Nation-Wide class.
The derby will start at 5 p.m. and admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6 to 14-years old and kids under 5-years old get in for free. Pit passes will be available for $15, but those entering the pit must be at least 16-years-old. St. Colman of Cloyne will have their usual booth set-up serving food on the fairgrounds and a beer garden will be available. Camping is also available for $50 on Friday and Saturday night.
For more information about camping, contact the Fayette County Fairgrounds at (740) 335-5856. Additional information on the derby, including rules, can be found by calling (740) 453-0394 or by visiting www.nationwidedemoderby.com.
The Fayette County Ag Society would like to encourage the community to come join them for the derby as well as other events being held soon. These include a truck pull, which will be held on June 4, and the 137th edition of the Fayette County Fair, which will be held from July 18 through July 23.
Stay with the Record-Herald as these events approach for more information.
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