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Demo derby serves as crescendo to DuPage Fair

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  • James Moore of Lombard takes a hit by Dan Green of Harvard during the demolition derby at the DuPage County Fair on Sunday. Moore drove one of two cars in the heat to move onto the finals.

      James Moore of Lombard takes a hit by Dan Green of Harvard during the demolition derby at the DuPage County Fair on Sunday. Moore drove one of two cars in the heat to move onto the finals.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Vince Moore of Lombard is taken out of the game by Adkin Rhodes of St. Charles during the demolition derby at the DuPage County Fair on Sunday. Rhodes survived the demo and moved on to the finals.

      Vince Moore of Lombard is taken out of the game by Adkin Rhodes of St. Charles during the demolition derby at the DuPage County Fair on Sunday. Rhodes survived the demo and moved on to the finals.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Tony Schnupp, 7 of Lee, Illinois, Jacob Poffenberger, 4, of Bolingbrook and Vince Cortino, 5, of Wheaton get in a three-way smashup during the power wheels demolition derby during the final day of the DuPage County Fair Sunday.

      Tony Schnupp, 7 of Lee, Illinois, Jacob Poffenberger, 4, of Bolingbrook and Vince Cortino, 5, of Wheaton get in a three-way smashup during the power wheels demolition derby during the final day of the DuPage County Fair Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Future demolition derby drivers test their skills during the power wheels demolition derby Sunday at the DuPage County Fair.

      Future demolition derby drivers test their skills during the power wheels demolition derby Sunday at the DuPage County Fair.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Adkin Rhodes of St. Charles inflicts some damage to Erik Johnson of Melrose Park during the demolition derby at the DuPage County Fair on Sunday. Rhodes survived the heat and moved on to the finals.

      Adkin Rhodes of St. Charles inflicts some damage to Erik Johnson of Melrose Park during the demolition derby at the DuPage County Fair on Sunday. Rhodes survived the heat and moved on to the finals.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The DuPage County Fair ended its five-day run Sunday with a bang.

Many of them, actually.

Crowds of people looking to see cars crash into each other got their wish during two demolition shows -- one in the afternoon and another in the evening.

Demolition derby driver James Moore of Lombard who made it to the championship said "I do it for fun, I don't even do it for the money. It started off as a bad habit when I was 15."

Moore won the Kane County demolition derby the past two years and had placed third and second during the DuPage County Fair contest over the past few years.

The derby capped off five days at the county fairgrounds in Wheaton that included a rodeo, carnival rides and festival food.

Pigs, goats, cows, rabbits and other animals competed for ribbons. The animals are one of the many ways the county fair educates families about farming and DuPage's agricultural roots.

Another educational component of the fair was Ag-Ventureland. The area was filled with farming-related exhibits, including blacksmithing, sheep shearing, wood carvers, antique tractors, corn grinding and milking demonstrations.

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