DERBY TIME

 Jesse Hamm, Jason Hamm and Scott Schultz celebrate their three-man team derby victory. The new event was the grand finale of Saturday’s demolition derby.
 Jesse Hamm, Jason Hamm and Scott Schultz celebrate their three-man team derby victory. The new event was the grand finale of Saturday’s demolition derby.
The Free Press

Three new events highlighted the Marion County Fair demolition derby Saturday night.

One of them, a three-man team derby, served as the evening’s grand finale. The event featured three teams, each with three cars painted in identical fashion, battling to be the last team standing.

Bryce Shults competes in the compact car derby.
Bryce Shults competes in the compact car derby.

The winner of the team derby, Team Cadillac, was comprised of Jesse Hamm and Jason Hamm, both of Hillsboro, and Scott Schultz of Lehigh.

Two competitors battle in the kids’ power wheels derby Saturday. The timed event was new this year and involved children ages 3-10.
Two competitors battle in the kids’ power wheels derby Saturday. The timed event was new this year and involved children ages 3-10.

Two additional new events included a timed kids’ power wheels derby for ages 3-10, and a lawn mower derby for ages 12-16.

No winners were crowned in the power wheels derby. The event, which included between 10 and 12 vehicles, was stopped after about 10 minutes of action, according to Chad Markley of the Championship Demolition Derby Association.

Jasee Hamm runs into her final opponent during the lawn mower derby Saturday. Hamm finished first of 10 in the event, which was new this year.
Jasee Hamm runs into her final opponent during the lawn mower derby Saturday. Hamm finished first of 10 in the event, which was new this year.

Jasee Hamm of Hillsboro won the lawn mower derby among a field of 10 competitors.

In the evening’s other events, Hillsboro’s Dean Suderman won the Figure 8 race, while Lloyd Anderson, also of Hillsboro, claimed first place among seven competitors in the compact car derby.

Lance Diepenbrock of Lincolnville won the Bone Stock derby, an event which included 13 cars.

One safety concern that will be addressed next year involves the lawn mowers, as some tipped over during Saturday’s competition.

“We’ve got to address the rules on the mowers and put some height limits on some of the bumpers and stuff like that,” Markley said, adding that rollover safety cages will also be considered. “We’ve been running mowers for probably three to five years at other places, and that was the first time we’ve had that problem.”

Markley said the new events were well-received.

Mike Brandt backs into Lloyd Anderson during the compact car derby Saturday. Anderson won the event; Brandt finished second.<p>
Mike Brandt backs into Lloyd Anderson during the compact car derby Saturday. Anderson won the event; Brandt finished second.<p>

“There was a good number of participants in all categories,” he said, adding that derby-goers can expect a similar format next year.