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Derby provides metal crashing action

Derby provides metal crashing action

Eddie Dixon of Turlock placed third in the first of three heats in Monday’s day one of the Destruction Derby.

POSTED July 18, 2017 10:28 p.m.

For many the Stanislaus County Fair means visiting with friends, connecting with the area’s agricultural heritage and eating some fried treats. For others, it’s a chance to cause some destruction.

Jeff Ikari of Turlock was one of the drivers in the 42nd Annual Turlock Lions Club Demolition Derby. Ikari competed in Monday’s event from the FoodMaxx Arena.

“It's my second time being here,” said Ikari. “I placed third five years ago and it was my first time running the derby and I had the itch of coming back since then. I almost enjoy watching the RV's more than the cars so thought I would try it.”

For Turlock’s Eddie Dixon the derby is a decades-long tradition.

“I have been competing on and off for 31 years,” said Dixon, who was representing The Rock Church Turlock. “The idea of taking out some road rage in the arena is great.”

While the Lions Club has seen fewer and fewer participants in recent years, the event continues to be a fair favorite and supported by the community year after year.

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