by Jessyca Cardinell
The Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds welcomed the sound of smashing and crashing as the annual Spring Demolition Derby kicked off a season of screeching good times.
Drivers came from all over the state to participate in this event, including Antwerp, Canton, Potsdam, Castorland, Croghan and Laurens.
The grandstands were filled with supportive friends, family and of course die-hard demolition fans, ready to cheer on their favorite driver.
A great amount of rules and regulations were in place ensuring that safety and precautions were taken to protect the drivers and audience. Drivers in the derby had to be at least sixteen years old with parent consent. Any drivers who did not obey the rules were to be immediately disqualified from the derby.
The Gouverneur Fire Department and Rescue Squads were on hand for any emergencies that could potentially arise from such an event.
Adrenaline and excitement filled the Fairgrounds as cars collided, smoke filled the air and dirt flew. A fun filled event for the whole family to enjoy.
Heat numbers one and four were both sponsored by Tresidder's Garage in Edwards, New York. As their motto is “No job is too big or too small. We do it all.”
The two-hour build was sponsored by Seaway Valley Prevention Council. This organization helps individuals and families who are impacted by alcohol and substance abuse. For more information, please visit the website www.svpc.net or call 315-713-4861.
Fantastic job to all organizers, staff and emergencies crews on the extensive work to ensure a great time was had by all and safety was forefront.
Congratulations to all the drivers who placed in this demolition derby.
The full results are detailed below as provided by the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair Association:
Heat No. 1: First place went to Adam Dean of Gouverneur, and second went to Cory Streit.
Heat No. 2: First place went to Brandon Lamere of Plattsburgh, and second went to Allen Dean.
Heat No. 3: First place went to Chris Ames of Gouverneur, and second went to Allen Dean.
Heat No. 4: First went to Chris Rookey of Lisbon, and second went to Bryan Brothers of Lisbon.
Heat No. 5: First place went to Bruce LaRock Jr. of Hermon, and second went to Chris Brothers of Madrid.
Heat No. 6: First place went to Terry Green of Potsdam, and second went to Johnathon Fafferty of Gouverneur.
Heat No. 7: First place went to Matthew Brothers of Rensselaer Falls, and second went to Tyler Brothers, Heuvelton.
Heat No. 8: First place went to Adam Dean of Gouverneur, and second went to Brian Davis, Gouverneur.
Consi: First place went to Harold Clement of Gouverneur, and second went to Devon Fourneir of Plattsburgh.
Feature: First place went to Chris Ames, Gouverneur, and second went to Brandon Lamere of Plattsburgh.