WILMINGTON -- The weather held out, Sunday afternoon, for demolition derby drivers who likely did not care whether it rained as they revved their engines and met in the middle of a mud pit attempting to crash into the other vehicles.
The idea of this derby is to be one of the drivers in the last three cars with its motors still running. That means putting other vehicles out of commission.
The theme for this year's Deerfield Valley Farmers Day Fair Demolition Derby was logging. Only one vehicle was painted in accordance to the theme.
On Sunday afternoon, the bleachers and hillsides at Baker Field were all filled with spectators, cheering on the carnage. Six cars were in each heat.
Officials stood around barriers blocking off the course, deciding which drivers were disqualified. They also determined which three made the final cut during each heat.
Tractors driven by local volunteers assisted with pulling vehicles out of the mud. Firefighters from West Dover Fire Department and Wilmington Fire Department were at the sight to ensure safety. Deerfield Valley Rescue was also on hand.
During the first heat, one participant's helmet came off. She waved to the crowd as she was escorted off by rescue workers and checked for injuries. All drivers were then told to make sure their helmets were on snug.
The heats were divided into two categories; vehicles with six cylinder engines and eight cylinder engines then vehicles with four cylinders.
Money and trophies were given out to drivers who won their heats.
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