The crowd was cheering Tuesday night as cars were crushed like soda cans at The Great Frederick Fair’s Demolition Derby.
The grandstand at the Frederick Fairgrounds was packed as people cheered and counted down from five to one before every heat.
The derby consisted of six heats depending on the number of cylinders in the cars’ engine, among other aspects. Winners from the first five heats battled it out for the ultimate winner of the 2018 derby.
One spectator, Thurmont resident Shari Martin, said she has attended the derby since 2011. She comes every year to support friends who participate in the event.
She said it’s her first year in the stands, since she’s usually in the pit.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed the derby,” she said. “I enjoy watching it. I want to do it one day.”
The winner of the entire derby, Tyler Fisher, of Myersville, has participated in the derby at the fair for 10 years.
“It feels good,” he said about winning. “It’s the first time I’ve ever won in the V-8 [heat].”
He participated in the V-8 and four-cylinder heats, winning both as well as the final heat.
For winning, he received about $400 and a trophy.
He said his favorite part of the derby is the “adrenaline rush from hitting everybody.”