BLACKFOOT — It was a night of smashing and crashing in front of a packed house during the Demolition Derby Saturday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Frank Dickman claimed the top prize after his car was the last one standing after the main event. Martin Cheney finished second, with Jesse Sandoval finishing third.
In the Powder Puff division, Mary Scott of Blackfoot smashed her way to the top spot, with Roxanne Scott taking second place. It was a special night for Mary Scott, who’s car was dedicated to her son, Pfc. Brock Scott, who is in the U.S. Army and was home on rest and recuperation after he was wounded in combat in Afghanistan.
After his car caught fire twice, Pat Owens claimed first place in the Herby Derby, narrowly defeating Coltin Jackman, who placed second.
All the funds raised at the Demolition Derby will be donated to the Elks Lodge to benefit youth organizations throughout Bingham County including the Youth Coalition, area youth sports teams, Boy/Girl Scouts and various Elks programs benefiting children. Last year $39,000 was raised.
Seventy tickets to the Demoliton Derby were donated to returning National Guardsmen of the 116th Cavarly Brigade, and the event opened with a 21-gun salute by the American Legion and a flyover by a WWII-era bomber airplane.