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Derby, eating contests are fair attractions

August 21, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

LEETOWN, W.Va. - Thunderstorms are rolling through, turning the Jefferson County Fairgrounds into mud.

Wrong night to go to the fair?

Not if you're heading to the demolition derby.

The popular event went on as planned Monday night, despite a storm that moved through the county earlier in the evening then again during the event.

Several hundred people turned out to see the cars struggle through the mess.

It was a slow-going process as the cars tried to gain traction in the mud to ram their colleagues and knock them out of the action.

Eric Might and his wife and three children were on hand for the derby and his kids were getting restless waiting for workers to ready the rain-soaked track.

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"I think once they see what's happening, they will have a good time," said Might, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

The cars eventually gained better traction the longer the event went on and the hits became more fierce, to the delight of the crowd.

Kathy and Larry Titus of Charles Town, W.Va., said they like to watch the event after observing fire and other general havoc on the track in past years.

One year they got a big treat when that year's Miss Jefferson County Fair took the wheel of one of the cars, they said.

It was a bright spot in an otherwise tough weather day at the fair, which runs through Saturday.

A stormy day like Monday hurts the fair's finances since it relies on good weather and big crowds to generate revenue, said fair spokesman Locke Wysong.

A carnival ride special was to be held Monday night but was postponed until today because of the storms, Wysong said.

"We just take it day by day," Wysong said.

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