Fairgoers are treated to Smash It Demolition Derbey to bring curtain down on 2021 Great Darke County Fair.

Demolition Derby a smashing success to close fair

More than 200 drivers compete in Smash It Demolition Derby to close out 2021 Great Darke County Fair

DARKE COUNTY – The 2021 Great Darke County Fair came to a close Saturday night before a packed Smash it Demolition Derby grandstand crowd both in the grandstand and the trackside bleacher in the pits. Prior to the “big” cars main event, the evening began with a kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby.

More than 200 competitors took to the muddy grandstand infield in hopes of being the last car running and earn a cash payout on the night while local fire firefighters stationed themselves off to the side of the ring in case of emergency.

Before the second heat of the night fans were treated to a Piqua driver proposing the his girl friend to the delight of the onlookers.

The Smash it Demolition Derby is the largest single fair event annually with veteran fair board member, Dave Niley overseeing the derby.

“It takes all year,” Niley said of managing the derby. “You talk to a lot of people and you treat them right and they come – you keep them coming back.”

Niley has been managing the local fair derby since he was first elected to the fair board – “ever since I have been on the board 20 some years,” noted Niley.

Assisting Niley with the 2021 derby was younger board member Matt Sullivan while “learning the ropes” of the large fair event.

“I’m trying to learn everything I can because my mentor is good,” said Sullivan. “If Dave gives it up I’ll take care of it.”

“We’re going to be in good hands – real good hands,” Niley said with a smile. “Matt’s a good guy.”



Dave Niley (L) and Matt Sullivan oversee the Saturday night Smash It Demolition Derby.
Fans watch cars crash at the Great Darke County Fair.
Flames shoot skyward at the Great Darke County Fair Smash It Demolition Derby.
Youngsters compete in the Power Wheels Demolition Derby at the 2021 Great Darke County Fair.
A Piqua Smash It Demolition Derby driver proposes to his girlfriend prior to competing at the Great Darke County Fair.
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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