Water carnival's demolition derby brings thrills, chills and big crowds
A favorite of Northwest Water Carnival attendees, Saturday's Demolition Derby nearly filled the stands at the Becker County Fairgrounds for some contentious competition.
DETROIT LAKES — The Northwest Water Carnival's Demolition Derby typically draws a crowd, and while the grandstand wasn't completely packed, there were still hundreds of fans of the sport gathered at the Becker County Fairgrounds Saturday to watch some contentious battles between drivers.
"We were happy with the attendance, on both sides — drivers and audience," said 2022 Northwest Water Carnival Co-Admiral Andrew Lessin, who was in charge of the derby.
Five heats were held, for compact and full-size cars; compact and full size trucks; and a final, "old iron" category for all vehicles whose drivers chose to participate.
"Those guys do know how to put on a show," said Lessin of the drivers. "It's always good."
All five categories were hotly contested, with one, the full-size cars, lasting the longest despite the fact that only two drivers were in it: Dawson Kellogg took first in that division, followed very closely by Daniel Wurst.
C.J. Zacarias took first place in the compact car category, followed by Josh Wurst, while in the compact trucks competition Casey Nunn took first, followed by Ryan Leegard and Thomas Frederick.
Aaron Schwartz took first in the full-size truck category, with Josh Wurst again taking second place and Payne Hensel coming in third.
For the final category, five competitors stepped up, including Zacarias, Kellogg, Hensel, and both Collin and Josh Wurst.
First place went to Collin Wurst, followed by Hensel in second and Zacarias in third.