In 100 degree heat and with engines burning, only one word could describe the monster trucks circling Hagerstown Speedway on Friday.
"It's cool!" said Lilly Wise, 9, of Huntingdon, Pa.
"They're cool," said Trevor Parisher, 5, of Winchester, Va.
"Cool," said Chris Parisher of Winchester.
Thousands of fans roared at the screaming trucks oozing beef and bravado and shaking the grandstands like thunder.
It was the start of that weekend in July when the hulking facades of cartoonish truck-muscle take over Hagerstown for three days.
Monster Jam is an annual staple at the half-mile, red-clay track about five miles west of Hagerstown off U.S. 40, said Shelbi Curtis, event manager for Feld Motor Sports.
"The fans come to our Monster Jam events typically to enjoy things that they don't necessarily get to experience," she said. "Seeing big trucks crush cars and make loud noises and all that stuff is something you don't get to see every day, so the entertainment value for the average fan is just above par."