Something about running motorized objects into each other attracts a massive crowd.
|Combines crash into each other during the Combine Demolition Derby held Sunday evening at the Wood County Fairgrounds. (Photo: Shane Nughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Perhaps it was the fact that these objects were not just cars that were smashing into one another. It wasn't trucks either. Think bigger - much bigger.
Sunday night at the Wood County Fair thousands of spectators witnessed the seventh annual Combine Demolition Derby.
For the second consecutive year, Bowling Green resident Kyle David won the event, this time besting fellow BG resident Tom Foos.
David's 2013 JD 6600 combine nicknamed 'Battle Bine' out-lasted Foos' Massey 300 called 'The Fighter' in a one-on-one battle that lasted well over five minutes.
"Being able to go out there and wreck a machine, you can't do it every day so it's kind of fun," said David, who was in the event for the third year.
Four of the 13 participants to enter the contest made it to the final round of the derby with David taking the top prize after ramming Foos into the concrete side barriers repeatedly.
After taking multiple hits to the side, and nearly being tipped over by David's bigger combine, the vulnerable Foos called it quits.
"You just have to watch where people are at and keep them away from your vitals; steering, the drive belts, keep them away from your tires if they get on them," David said.
Nine of the competitors were from Wood County, including three of the final four drivers.
|Contestants and bystanders work to pull a competitor from the wreckage after his lawnmower flipped during the Lawnmower Demolition Derby held Sunday evening at the Wood County Fairgrounds. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The derby had three first-round heats with the winners of those getting an automatic bid to the final round.
Each combine had the opportunity to make repairs during an intermission and any combine that did not win a heat was allowed to enter the consolation round, with that winner heading to the finals as well.
The Lawnmower Demolition Derby highlighted the intermission prior to the consolation round for the combines. This year there were 18 competitors to bring lawnmowers to the event.
Perrysburg resident and Eastwood High School graduate, John Moser's combine 'The Mystery Machine' took home top honors in the best-dressed category.
Moser's Oliver 7300 combine was painted to a Scooby-Doo theme with a statue of the famous dog mounted on top of the cab.