Three new events highlighted the Marion County Fair demolition derby Saturday night.
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 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.”
“There was a good number of participants in all categories,” he said, adding that derby-goers can expect a similar format next year.