MOUND CITY – The roar of loud engines will fill the fairground arena when two nights of demolition derbies kick off the Linn County Fair and Rodeo in Mound City. Two-car teams will run the first night, Friday, Aug. 6, followed by the traditional car demolition derby on Saturday, Aug. 7.
Combined payouts to winners and participants for demolition events total more than $15,000, making it one of the largest for county fairs in the state.
Derby fans will have a chance to see entries from all over the region, including some familiar local participants and supporters of the derbies. One of those is Bart Ayers, owner of 187 Recycling in Fort Scott, who has been participating in demolition derbies for more than 20 years.
"Rebuilding cars is a great past time, from the thrill of being in the arena to crashing cars and doing it all over again," says Ayers. "There is a lot of time spent working on these cars, but it's also time with family and friends working on them together."
Ayers support of the derby goes beyond participating, he also raffles off a derby car for the Figure 8 event. The money raised goes toward prize money for that event. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and will be sold the week before the fair and the first night of the derby prior to the Figure 8 event.
"We added the two-car team demolition derby event to our fair schedule in 2016 and we've seen increased interest each year for both derby nights," said Austin Stroup, president of the Linn County Fair board. "It's been a successful addition."