Cover Story: Fair Play At the Grandstand

7 p.m. Thursday: Demolition DerbyWahoooo! It's hell-on-muddy wheels as local drivers compete for trophies and cash prizes in two ferocious heats. (See story.)7 p.m. Friday: Figure 8 Race, Compact

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7 p.m. Thursday: Demolition Derby

Wahoooo! It's hell-on-muddy wheels as local drivers compete for trophies and cash prizes in two ferocious heats. (See story.)

7 p.m. Friday: Figure 8 Race, Compact Rollover and Mini Car Demolition Derby

Just like in the demolition derby, the Figure 8 Race drivers will be out to bust up the competition. This time, though, they'll be running for speed as well as destructive power.

The Compact Rollover is perhaps the craziest event, as drivers see how many times they can flip their car by driving over a ramp. The Mini Car Demolition is just what it says: demolition derby for teeny-tiny cars.

7 p.m. Saturday: Night of Fire and Destruction

Be careful where you park — The Eradicator is in town. This world-famous monster truck will destroy anything in its path. You can also take a ride in a monster truck before and after the show.

Other truck events include the Wild Tuff Truck Challenge, plus demonstrations by The Robot, a 35-foot transformer, shooting lasers and devastating entire cities just like Godzilla (OK, maybe not); the 30,000-horsepower Budweiser Jet Truck, which melts the competition; and stunts by Mike Dangerously.

12:30 p.m. Sunday: Buckeye Mini-Sprint and Go-Cart Racing

Go! Go! Go-cart racing! These low riders will wear it out on a newly configured dirt track. Plus more wheel-to-wheel racing from the Buckeye mini-sprints.

Hamilton County Fair

Thursday through Sunday. Gates open daily at 11 a.m. Rides are open 1-5 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. Buildings close at 10 p.m.

Admission is $7 per person. Includes all mechanical rides, exhibits, entertainment (sheep shaving, etc.) including the Grandstand. Senior citizens get in free with a Golden Buckeye card. Children under 24 months are free (does not include mechanical rides). Parking is $3.

Hamilton County Fairgrounds: 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave., Carthage. 761-4224.

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