Demo Derby brings Fair night to a crashing close

This year is 52nd running of Demo Derby at the fair

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The Saturday night demo derby saw extreme vehicular carnage. Anyone could win the the derby. Even when a car was blowing smoke, it was not necessarily out of the fight.

NEW ULM — Saturday night at the Brown County Fair ended with the second Demolition Derby of fair week. 

Dozen of vehicles entered the competition to last to be the last running. Hundreds of fairgoers attended the show. A slight drizzle fell just before the start of the derby, but this did not affect attendance. The rain stopped before the first demo of the night. The extra rain insured a wet track for the derby. 

Darrin Werner won first in the mid-size class with Justin Dezeeuw in second and Chance Pieper in finishing third.

In Compacts, Andy Noble took first, Logan Messner finished second and Denton Strassberg in third.

In Old Irons, Dustin Reinhart took first, Digger Helget finished second and Jason Rewitzer took third.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The Saturday night demo derby was preceeded by a kid’s Power Wheels derby. No one, except the spectators, won the derby. The plastic vehicles were made to take a lot of damage. By the end of the time limit, few of the battery powered cars were disabled.

In the ’80s division, Bixs Felska took first with Bryon Kuehn in second and Phil Whittington in third.

Travis Schneider was the last vehicle standing in the Truck Derby. Josh Luneburg finished second and Marcus Lang took third.

The night ended with a Free-For-All featuring any vehicle still capable of running. Brent Schroeder was the overall champion of this final bout.

This year marked the 52nd anniversary of the demolition derby at the Brown County Fair. Brown County has one of the longest continuous streaks of hosting demolitions and it remains the most popular event of the fair.