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!ii : PICTORIAL Press-News Journal, Canton, Mo., Thursday, July 25, 19&amp;5, Scenes of record 1985 Co. ;4 i i Paintpd combines play crunch to full grandstand. Crashing field 'dinosaurs' were top attraction of the fair An attendance record and 12 combines were broken Thursday night at the Lewis County Fair. e nation's newest "sport", com- bi.e =ashing made one of the first ever appearances in the state at the fair to a packed house. Lewis County Fair officials are estimating the crowd at 6/<0, the largest ever for a single'. event. The event was an hour and 20 minutes late beginning due to break dancers (another new fad for youth) and karate exhibitions. This allowed many of the last minute curious to see the start of the combine crash, they may have otherwise missed. Fear a time, east bound traffic to the fair was backed up on Route 16 for about a mile to the REA electric ffice near. Lewistown. The combine crash was handled by Wayne Webb Promotions, who have handled numerous demolition derbies and other vehicle sports. However, this was the first combine derby to be handled by the entertainment firm. Two others are planned for this summer in Illinois. The combines and drivers them- selves were all local. Lloyd. Webb of the promotion f'wrn, said many farmers prefer newer combines and the ones entered in the con were: y.,eg for m but old fbr td serviee le massive machines, san.,, corn or heart heads, but still with smaller heads with the augers lumbered onto the fair arena and pulled into the corners facing the center of the arena. Webb's crew would point the flags at the drivers and wait for a hand wave er nod of the head from all drivers before giving the go command. First hits, like many demolition derbies, were softened somewhat by the muddy field. Strategy is different, or was Thursday night, than for the car demolition derbies. In the car derbies, the object is to eliminate the other guy's rediator with the back of you," car. For combine aerby, the object, according to drivers, was to aim at the smaller back tires, tie rods, back axles, or the drive belt at the side. One Case combine driven by Nell Jennings of LaGrange, ran the consolation heat with only one of the two steering back wheels. It qualified for the final heat, but steering was too adversely affected for further competi- tion without additional work. One John Deere machine driven by Carroll Garkie of LaGrange, had both rear wheels and the axle knocked off, eliminating him from extra competi- tion. Garkie limped the machine to an out of the way corner to watch the feature heat. Many times on the collisions, the drivers were close enough to talk to each other, or share a laugh with each other. A Case tractor driven by Roger Barrick of Bethel came as close as any of them to tipping over after taking a shot in the side from another driver. Grinding noises and smoke were common sights in the battles of machine versus machine. Seven of the eight available for the feature heat, though battered, at least started the final rrtch. After a long final beat that ended the event at midnight, with most of the crowd still present, there were two winners. John Kraft and Jeff Schultz, both of Ewing, battled it front-to-front for about 20 minutes before agreeing to split the first and second place winnings. Kraft had earlier won best decorated combine in a crash contestant parade with his multi-color- ed International. Both also were heat winners. Krafl's combine finished minus one back tire and wheel, in addition to excessive bent metal. Schultz's Jo Deere had both back wheels, though they pointed in different directions but only one rear tire. His also had extensive crash damage. Lewis County Fair board member Earl Feldkamp, LaGrange, was the driver of a "Silver Bullet" Interna- tional. He took third place in the feature when a large front tire was punctured and additional wreckage of a severely bent head slowed the movement of his vehicle. Kraft and Schultz kept moving away from Feldkamp for two minutes to disqualify the fair board member (for not staying in contact.) "This is the first time I ever done this," Feldkamp said as he watched the other two trying to gain advantage. "I've had more fun tonight than I have had in a long time." Feldkamp said he kept his machine running the entire time, including all the time in the pit area, and didn't shut it off until he was knocked out of the race. He plans to "check out the drive belts" and save the battered combine "for next year." Several of the drivers said they spent $100-$200 getting the machines ready, aside from the purchase price, which is just slightly more than is spent to prepare a car for demolition derby. The.combine crash came to Lewis County in the form of an idea from RusseU Schultz who saw one in Iowa. "We started working on it in January. The biggest problem was getting ahold of the old combines. Everyone was scared to enter one. They said they'd wait till next time," Russell Sehultz said. Crmg Todd of LaGrange was one of the combine drivers. He's had about four years experience as a derby driver. "It's more fun than the cars," be said prior to his consolation round. Johnny Schultz, Ewing, said this was the first time he's driven a combine to crash. Will he be back again? "Darn right. I'm ready to go again," he said with a big grin. Fair officials are agreeing. The event was an obvious success and there is already talk about '.'the next time." The question is "When is the next harvest of outdated combines to crash?" Fair board member Earl Feldkamp, right, gets a combine hit on Leroy Corbin. Lewis town EMTs aid victim In rescue--demonstration r-- Thrill show driver uses half of available tread. ";Dukes of Hazzard' General Lee was popular Fair attraction Shelbyville driver Randy Mahaffey, rider Gary (in car) watch demolition derby after car poles. -.NOTICE- We Are Still In TO THE PEOPLE of Canton and the bulhe, m: Sib md I wont to two years. This .notice b to bt d people know tket still in b.sbeu, and-we plm to my b We ore tmpawly out of new ml used. but plan to have a nke sebctbn back in the store m a few *.eeks. We can still get y that new eppimCe dny.. We are still dobg service work, our new farvis Appliance & 435 CLARK ST. c , jHII ONE 314-288.5255 Thank you for d business with ud ftennle & shirlef !ii : PICTORIAL Press-News Journal, Canton, Mo., Thursday, July 25, 19&5, Scenes of record 1985 Co. ;4 i i Paintpd combines play crunch to full grandstand. Crashing field 'dinosaurs' were top attraction of the fair An attendance record and 12 combines were broken Thursday night at the Lewis County Fair. e nation's newest "sport", com- bi.e =ashing made one of the first ever appearances in the state at the fair to a packed house. Lewis County Fair officials are estimating the crowd at 6/<0, the largest ever for a single'. event. The event was an hour and 20 minutes late beginning due to break dancers (another new fad for youth) and karate exhibitions. This allowed many of the last minute curious to see the start of the combine crash, they may have otherwise missed. Fear a time, east bound traffic to the fair was backed up on Route 16 for about a mile to the REA electric ffice near. Lewistown. The combine crash was handled by Wayne Webb Promotions, who have handled numerous demolition derbies and other vehicle sports. However, this was the first combine derby to be handled by the entertainment firm. Two others are planned for this summer in Illinois. The combines and drivers them- selves were all local. Lloyd. Webb of the promotion f'wrn, said many farmers prefer newer combines and the ones entered in the con were: y.,eg for m but old fbr td serviee le massive machines, san.,, corn or heart heads, but still with smaller heads with the augers lumbered onto the fair arena and pulled into the corners facing the center of the arena. Webb's crew would point the flags at the drivers and wait for a hand wave er nod of the head from all drivers before giving the go command. First hits, like many demolition derbies, were softened somewhat by the muddy field. Strategy is different, or was Thursday night, than for the car demolition derbies. In the car derbies, the object is to eliminate the other guy's rediator with the back of you," car. For combine aerby, the object, according to drivers, was to aim at the smaller back tires, tie rods, back axles, or the drive belt at the side. One Case combine driven by Nell Jennings of LaGrange, ran the consolation heat with only one of the two steering back wheels. It qualified for the final heat, but steering was too adversely affected for further competi- tion without additional work. One John Deere machine driven by Carroll Garkie of LaGrange, had both rear wheels and the axle knocked off, eliminating him from extra competi- tion. Garkie limped the machine to an out of the way corner to watch the feature heat. Many times on the collisions, the drivers were close enough to talk to each other, or share a laugh with each other. A Case tractor driven by Roger Barrick of Bethel came as close as any of them to tipping over after taking a shot in the side from another driver. Grinding noises and smoke were common sights in the battles of machine versus machine. Seven of the eight available for the feature heat, though battered, at least started the final rrtch. After a long final beat that ended the event at midnight, with most of the crowd still present, there were two winners. John Kraft and Jeff Schultz, both of Ewing, battled it front-to-front for about 20 minutes before agreeing to split the first and second place winnings. Kraft had earlier won best decorated combine in a crash contestant parade with his multi-color- ed International. Both also were heat winners. Krafl's combine finished minus one back tire and wheel, in addition to excessive bent metal. Schultz's Jo Deere had both back wheels, though they pointed in different directions but only one rear tire. His also had extensive crash damage. Lewis County Fair board member Earl Feldkamp, LaGrange, was the driver of a "Silver Bullet" Interna- tional. He took third place in the feature when a large front tire was punctured and additional wreckage of a severely bent head slowed the movement of his vehicle. Kraft and Schultz kept moving away from Feldkamp for two minutes to disqualify the fair board member (for not staying in contact.) "This is the first time I ever done this," Feldkamp said as he watched the other two trying to gain advantage. "I've had more fun tonight than I have had in a long time." Feldkamp said he kept his machine running the entire time, including all the time in the pit area, and didn't shut it off until he was knocked out of the race. He plans to "check out the drive belts" and save the battered combine "for next year." Several of the drivers said they spent $100-$200 getting the machines ready, aside from the purchase price, which is just slightly more than is spent to prepare a car for demolition derby. The.combine crash came to Lewis County in the form of an idea from RusseU Schultz who saw one in Iowa. "We started working on it in January. The biggest problem was getting ahold of the old combines. Everyone was scared to enter one. They said they'd wait till next time," Russell Sehultz said. Crmg Todd of LaGrange was one of the combine drivers. He's had about four years experience as a derby driver. "It's more fun than the cars," be said prior to his consolation round. Johnny Schultz, Ewing, said this was the first time he's driven a combine to crash. Will he be back again? "Darn right. I'm ready to go again," he said with a big grin. Fair officials are agreeing. The event was an obvious success and there is already talk about '.'the next time." The question is "When is the next harvest of outdated combines to crash?" Fair board member Earl Feldkamp, right, gets a combine hit on Leroy Corbin. Lewis town EMTs aid victim In rescue--demonstration r-- Thrill show driver uses half of available tread. ";Dukes of Hazzard' General Lee was popular Fair attraction Shelbyville driver Randy Mahaffey, rider Gary (in car) watch demolition derby after car poles. -.NOTICE- We Are Still In TO THE PEOPLE of Canton and the bulhe, m: Sib md I wont to two years. This .notice b to bt d people know tket still in b.sbeu, and-we plm to my b We ore tmpawly out of new ml used. but plan to have a nke sebctbn back in the store m a few *.eeks. We can still get y that new eppimCe dny.. We are still dobg service work, our new farvis Appliance & 435 CLARK ST. c , jHII ONE 314-288.5255 Thank you for d business with ud ftennle & shirlef