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Smash! Pow! Wow! Demo derby night at the fair

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sports Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The county fair has something for everyone and upwards of 1,000 fans of demo derby turned out Thursday night at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds track to watch a metal on rubber version of Survival of the Fittest.

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In the photo, Cory Deters (2x) of Elrosa was the last car -- a '76 AMC Pacer -- moving in the Compact Class after he exploded the radiator of runner-up Dan Truwe (28) of Marshall, about 10 minutes after this shot was taken. The twenty-year-old Deters, who won $600, said this is his sixth year on the crash circuit. Brandon Wensauer (77) took third in Compact.

Drivers also competed in Compact Truck, '80s and Newer Welded and Full-Size Pickups. Derby co-directors brothers Don and Ron Alderman instructed competitors to "keep moving, be aggressive and avoid driver-door hits." Demo-Derby II is Saturday.

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