Farm combines get smashed at Monroe County Honest derby

The filth, metallic, and concrete boundaries had been flying on opening day of the seventy fifth annual Monroe County Honest. 

A large crowd gathered on the Monroe County Honest Grandstand on July 31 to kick off 2022’s festivities lineup, which incorporates two live shows, a automotive demolition derby, a monster truck present, and a tractor pull. The mix demolition derby has remained a well-liked attraction for fairgoers, and it has been positioned as each the opening and shutting grandstand occasion in its historical past on the truthful. 

The night began with 4 warmth occasions. Contestants had been separated into two divisions, small and enormous combines, which had two heats every to find out who would go on to the ultimate two characteristic occasions. 

Heats included 5 combines, every geared up with a detachable flag above the driving force. To kick off the warmth, a starter waved a inexperienced flag, and drivers may then transfer from their aligned beginning positions and go at it throughout the space, which was geared up with concrete boundaries to slender the battle zone. Drivers eliminated their flags if their machines grew to become incapacitated – or in the event that they most well-liked to keep away from additional harm. 

On the finish of all of the carnage and chaos, three clear winners emerged from the all of the wreckage. 

For Finest in Present, Tracy Slieff, Jr. from Swartz Creek, Mich. took the highest honors together with his cow-print-colored mix. The group favourite defeated different entrants that included a Michigan State Spartans-themed mix and one which featured Pac-Man and the phrases “Sport Over” painted on the entrance. 

Eric Bastien from Jonesville, Mich. received the win for the small mix division. He defeated a lineup that included Jason Yearling from Bronson, Mich. in second place and Nick Beaudrie from Monroe in third. 

For the evening’s ultimate characteristic, the massive mix division, first place honors went to Nathan Wickenheiser from Carleton, Mich., who defeated Beaudrie (second place) and Chris Wickenheiser, additionally from Carleton, in third place. 

Every warmth winner was awarded a $300 prize, with $200 going to second place. For the options, winner every acquired $400 and a plaque, whereas second and third took $200 and $100, respectively. The Finest in Present prize was $100 and a trophy. 

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