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Demo derby a smash hit

PRINCETON — The most unique attraction at the 150th Bureau County Fair in Princeton is the demolition derby, scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 24 and presented by Prescott Brothers Chrysler, Dodge and Ford, and sponsored by Spring Valley City Bank, M.C. Jones Concrete, Heartland Autobody and Princeton Prompt Care.

Demolition derbies always attract more people than any other event at the county fair because its fun for both drivers and spectators. It’s 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, and 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, $750 to win; Wire Class with passenger, $2,000 to win; Beginner Wire Class with passenger, $800 to win (rules: 16-18 year olds only, must have been 18 in 2014); and Trucks $750 to win (10 trucks or more.) The purse will go up with more entries. Download the complete rules at the fair website.

A new feature this year is the power wheel demo for kids ages 3-9 which starts at 2:30 right before the main derby.

Great seats for the derby are on sale now at the fair office. Pit passes are $25 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. Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards are accepted. 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 159th Bureau County Fair runs Aug. 20-24 in Princeton.

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