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Demolition derby finds its champion


Eric Seidle

Assistant Chinook Fire Chief Mitch Haider looks on while Garrett Powell, left car, smashes Lane Finlayson during the Blaine County Fair demolition derby on Saturday night.

The Blaine County Fair Demolition Derby brought fairgoers to watch vehicles being destroyed as their drivers rammed each other Saturday.

Hundreds and hundreds were in attendance to watch the show at the Blaine County Fairgrounds as participants from across the Hi-Line vied for the last car running.

The competitors ruthlessly tried to ram their vehicles into each other to cripple their opponents' vehicles as the crowd cheered on.

The competition was made of four regular heats, two consolation heats, a girls-only powderpuff competition and a chain-only heat.

Layne Finlayson, car number 13, took first place in the main event, which had 10 cars fighting to the death, after five-time winner Ryan Erickson pushed his number 18 car too far and was unable to start it again.

Finlayson took the grand prize of $5,000 as reward for being the last vehicle running.

Erickson took second place and won the Mad Dog Award for being the most aggressive driver on the field.

Casey Shaue was the third-place winner of the main competition.

In the powderpuff competition, Allie Skoyen took first over her sister, Brook Skoyen.

Chris Schuldt took first in the chain-only heat. Chain cars are vehicles that have not been welded like the main competition cars; their hoods and doors are just chained down, their windows knocked out and are a good way for someone just starting to get into the demolition derby scene to get going.


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