Wet, wild demolition derby draws crowd at county fairgrounds

Parker Couturier, 4, participates in the Power Wheels division of the demolition derby held on Saturday at the Manistee County Fairgrounds. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

Parker Couturier, 4, participates in the Power Wheels division of the demolition derby held on Saturday at the Manistee County Fairgrounds. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

ONEKAMA — Despite some splashes of mud on his costume and runny face paint on his cheeks, Parker Couturier held his trophy proud Saturday after competing in the Power Wheel demolition derby at the Manistee County Fairgrounds.

The 4-year-old from Ludington was one of the lucky ones during what many would consider at tough day on the track. His #14 Power Wheel was one of the few to gain some traction on the slick, muddy course.

But did he still have fun?

“Yes,” he said unequivocally with a smile.

And, even in the rain, fun was what Saturday’s inaugural event was all about. The grandstands still held a crowd and gearheads certainly got their fix at the Day of Destruction demolition derby at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama.

“I promote derbies all over Michigan,” said Todd Sorensen, manager of T-N-T Demolition Derby, presenters of the unique event. “Not many people do a Halloween derby, but I thought this was a perfect area to give it a shot.”

Halloween was certainly the theme, as children in attendance were treated to a unique Trunk-or-Treating experience that brought the derby drivers to them, with candy in tow, as bags were filled with treats.

The track was then open to the brave kids who weren’t afraid to get their Power Wheels dirty, as the mini derby was the precursor to the main event.

“We just wanted to provide something for kids to do on Halloween,” Sorensen said. “Nowadays, a lot of people don’t like to take their kids trick-or-treating, so this is a place where the kids can have fun and the adults will have fun watching the demolition derby.”

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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