The popular combine demolition derby won't be part of the evening entertainment at this year's Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair — it had become too expensive for people to buy farm combines just to destroy them, said fair volunteer Becky Stem — but visitors will still get to experience heavy machinery put to the test during a monster truck show.
Pennsylvania-based Rettew Motor Sports will present the show that will take place Saturday with a meet and greet with the drivers and their trucks an hour and a half before the show begins.
Zane Rettew, owner of Rettew Motor Sports, said the show will include a wheelie contest where the trucks balance on their back wheels for as long as possible.
During a freestyle portion of the show, each truck will have an allotted time to do doughnuts, possibly flip over, and any other tricks, Rettew said.
Both of these events will be judged by the audience based on the energy of their applause.
Even though it's noisy from inside the trucks, Rettew said that the crowd can still be heard, and that's what keeps the drivers going.
"When they cheer and are having a good time, we ride that much harder," Rettew said.
The crowd will have opportunities to experience the show from on the course and from inside the cage of a monster truck.
Ridealongs cost $10 a person and people can ride in a truck on the competition course, Stem said. Ridealongs will be offered Saturday as well as Friday during the tractor pull, she said.
Another opportunity to experience a monster truck show from the track will be on the Stinger Shuttle, named after Rettew's own truck, Stinger.
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The Stinger Shuttle is a larger version of a monster truck that can seat 10 to 15 people and will take people around the same course, Rettew said.
If you go
What: Monster Truck show at the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair
When: 7 p.m. Saturday; gates open at 5:30 p.m.
When: Buck Miller Arena, Carroll County Agriculture Center, 704 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster
Cost: Admission is $15, children 7 and younger are free
More information: http://www.rettewmotorsports.com/schedule