The Stanislaus County Fair asked visitors to "imagine the fun" this year but many opted to experience the fun instead, and nowhere was that more evident than in the Food Maxx Arena. During the fair's 10-day run spectators witnessed two destruction derbies, monster trucks, freestyle motocross and flat track events - but the concluding night of motor sports was arguably the most fun.
The sun was out but the heat wasn't a factor at the Stanislaus County Fair on Sunday. To compensate, people from across the Valley and beyond piled into the Food Maxx Arena for high octane entertainment at the Truck and Tractor Pulls.
Tuff Trucks and Monster Truck Results
Destruction Derby II: Metal Mayhem Results
Destruction Derby I: Traditional Turmoil Results
The night started just as it had in years past. Modified and reinforced cars entered Food Maxx Arena one by one, taking a ceremonial parade lap as the crowd cheered. Behind them followed six tow trucks, stalking the cars as a vulture would their soon-to-be prey - a sign of the destruction to come.
Mariela Banuelos and Marco Valladares stepped into Fresno's Aleman Gym on Saturday racked with nerves as they prepared for the first boxing match of their amateur careers. The two fighters tapped into more than three years of training to defeat their respective opponents via decision, becoming the latest fighters from Delhi Boxing Club to win in their amateur debuts.
When Stanislaus County Fair Destruction Derby Promoter Buster Lucas switched the dates of the fan-favorite competition from Monday and Tuesday to Friday and Saturday, he believed the field size would increase.
The Ceres father-daughter tandem of Greg and Kinsey Mathews have chosen to forego the 37th Stanislaus County Fair Destruction Derby for religious reasons.
Anthony Harding's interest in physical fitness was born many years ago when he was just a kid on the football field. It grew as he attended Pitman High, where he became a two-sport varsity standout, flourished at Fresno State University, where Harding majored in Kinesiology and served as the Bulldog's running back, and finally took a hold of him during his preparation for the NFL combines after graduation.
Turlockers Paul Larson and Dave Maggard were recently inducted into the California Interscholastic Federation's Sac-Joaquin Section 2012 Hall of Fame class for their athletic accomplishments at Turlock High and beyond. Both were three-sport standouts, representing the Bulldogs on the football field, basketball court and track.
The Turlock Pentecost Association wrapped up its 100th anniversary celebration with a Galla Traditional Portuguese Bullfight at the Stevinson Pentecost Bull Fighting Arena on Monday. Those in attendance were treated with a taste of 18th century Portuguese culture as Cavaleiros (horseman), Matadores and Forcados (suicide squad) battled six bulls in the center of the ring, risking injury for the sake of entertainment, pride and tradition.
Tony Merafuentes is known as Master by his Tae Kwon Do students, a title that reflects his knowledge and status as a Tae Kwon Do practitioner. As a Master, Merafuentes holds a high degree of credibility in regards to his instruction and critiques of others but even he is outranked by another; Grand Master San Ho Lee.
On Saturday I drove to the S.O.S Club in Modesto to watch the SINtral Valley Derby Girls host the Shasta Mountain Mighty Rollers, where I experienced the cult sensation known as roller derby for the first time. As I walked onto the basketball court - which had been fashioned into a makeshift track - I couldn't help but notice the crowd's enthusiasm as the girls strapped on their helmets and prepared to jam.
Turlock's Chris Falkenberg is relatively new to the sport of dirt track racing but he hasn't let that stop him from winning - or having fun. Falkenberg, who races in Chowchilla, Merced and Watsonville, recently won three straight races and currently sits in first place at both the Merced and Chowchilla tracks, which is not an easy feat for a rookie.
Last year, at the age of 49, Stevinson local Cindy Kelley competed in her first CrossFit Games in the Masters Women 45-49 division, topping out in eighth place and taking third in one of the events in Los Angeles.
Saturday not only marked the near end of the Stanislaus County Fair, but also concluded the over week -long period of motorsports action at the Food Maxx Arena with quads, pee wee bikes and motocross competitors taking the action to the dirt track.
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