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Demo derby draws big crowds

PRINCETON — The most unique attraction at the 158th Bureau County Fair in Princeton is the demolition derby, set for 3 p.m. Aug. 25.

Demolition derbies always attract more people than any other event at the county fair because its fun for both drivers and spectators. “This is an opportunity to break every traffic law there is and maybe get paid for it.” The object is simple. Two rows of cars line up, rear bumper to rear bumper. When the flag drops, they race toward each other and meet in a huge traffic accident. Drivers try to knock out all the other cars before they can knock him or her out. The spectators watching get as much of a kick out of the carnage as the drivers, picking their favorites and cheering them on.

The derby is produced by the fair and complete rules are available on the fair’s website at www.bureaucountyfair.com, or by calling Jason Floyd at 815-590-8873.

First place is guaranteed unless stated. All prize money is guaranteed and goes up with more paid entrants. Payouts are: Fair Class (80 or newer), $2,000 to win; Compacts, $700 to win; Wire Class with passenger, $1,500 to win; Beginner Wire Class with passenger, $500 to win (rules, 16-18 year olds only, must have been 18 in 2013); Trucks, $700 to win (10 trucks or more); and Pro-Mod Class, $500 to win. Purses will go up with more entries. Complete rules can be downloaded from the fair website.

Seats for the derby are on sale now at the fair office. Pit passes are $25 the day of show, reserved grandstand seats are $15, general admission $12, and kids 7-12 are $6. Kids 6 and under are free. For ticket information, call 815-875-2905. All advance purchased tickets include the fair’s gate admission charge, which could save as much as $5 per ticket.

For complete ticket information for this year’s fair, see the fair’s website at www.Bureaucountyfair.com.

The 158th Bureau County Fair will run Aug. 21-25.

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