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Crowds fill grandstand despite summer heat

Racers careen around the track in front of a full grandstand during the Unique Motor Sports' Off Road Derby during the Night of Destruction Friday at the Barry County Fair. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Grandstand events came to a bit of an early end at the 2019 Barry County Fair.

Thunderstorms that tore through Michigan over the weekend delayed and eventually canceled the SJO Productions Motocross Saturday evening. Ethan Parsons of Hastings managed to beat out AJ Austin of Sunfield for the win in the Quad Novice competition, taking the two motos in the class.

Other area champs from Saturday evening included Freeport's Evan Mouch in the 85 C class and the Super Mini class, Hastings' Karsen Hamilton in the Quad 50 Stock class, Hastings' Cayden Pettengill in the Trail 12-15 class, Vermontville's Cameron Thompson in the 250 C class, Sunfield's Koner Eberly in the 125 2 sTroke class and Hastings' Emmalee Sanders in the Women 12 & Up class.

It was hot and dry for the remainder of the week's events. The Super Kicker Rodeo returned with bull riding, barrel racing, team roping and ranch bronc riding Wednesday evening. The West Michigan Pullers truck and tractor pulls entertained fans at the grandstand Thursday. Unique Motor Sports returned for its second show of the week Friday, hosting a “Night of Destruction” filled with Off Road Derby action.

Unique Motor Sports reported that despite the “unbearable” heat the company had a new record car attendance for the show Friday.

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