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Smokin’ the Competition

  • Press photo by John Burbridge Owen Chatfield, 6, of Waterloo tries to pop what seems to be an unbreakable balloon attached to the back of Charles City 4-year-old Hunter Apel’s vehicle during the Power Wheels Division at Saturday’s Floyd County Fair Demolition Derby. Eventually, Chatfield was able to get the balloon to burst to win the competition. Apel was runner-up.

  • Charles Knecht of Charles City may want to check his antifreeze as his car spews out smoke late into the Compacts Division feature.

  • Press photos by John Burbridge Charles City’s Nate Knecht, driver of car on left, goes head-on with Harry Wallem of Brownsdale, Minn. during the Compacts Division. Wallem would end up taking first with Knecht placing second in the division.

  • This is how the Trucks Division competition ended for Dustan Knecht, left, and Nate Knecht, both of Charles City as their smoke-spewing vehicles got embedded in the mud wall that enclosed the eastern boundary of the pit. Nate and Dustan finished third and fourth, respectively, in the division.

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