Updated with list of all drivers

Crowds come in droves for annual Union Fair demolition derbies

Smash 'em up action part of 55th Maine Wild Blueberry Festival
By Staff | Aug 25, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Zach Robbins of Spruce Head, left, and Paul Billings of Warren.

Union — The sound of metal scraping and the “oohs” and "aahs” from the crowd permeated the grounds at the 55th Maine Wild Blueberry Festival and 145th Union Fair last week, which meant fans from near and far were in town to take in the celebrated and popular demolition derby.

In fact, the event was so nice they held it twice as there was, in tradition, a derby Saturday, Aug. 16 and a second one on Thursday, Aug. 21.

The following is a recap of results from each event:

On Aug. 21, two heats and four features were on tap, which kicked off with two four-cylinder heats to determine not only the winners of that heat, but who would move on to the feature later in the evening.

Click for photos from Aug. 21 action.

In the first four-cylinder heat, it was the No. 22 car Zach Robbins of Spruce Head that prevailed and the No. 6 car Rebekah Freeman of Rockland that also emerged from the fray, while in the second heat, the No. 41 car Jacolby Leavitt of Washington prevailed and the No. 68 car Austin Stark of Burkettville also advanced to the feature later in the evening.

In the four-car, four-cylinder final, it was Leavitt who survived and claimed first-place honors, while Robbins finished second.

In the six-cylinder feature, the No. 57 car Ryan Gamage of Owls Head picked up the victory, as did the No. 40 truck Joshua Cushman of Northport in the full-size truck feature and No. 60 Alvin Peabody of Waldoboro in the mini van/truck feature.

A complete list of participants follows:

4-Cylinder — Zach Robbins, Spruce Head; Ben Welt, Hope; Tyler Merrifield, Brooks; Michael Lindsey, Union; Ben Porter, Warren, Paul Billings, Warren; Alex Jackson, Union; Rebekah Freeman, Rockland; Jacolby Leavitt, Washington, Nick Tholtai, Waldoboro; Josh McConnell, Rockland; Christopher Nason, Warren; Matt Woods, Waldoboro; Austin Stark, Burkettville; Spencer Cook, Warren; Chace Hayes, Waldoboro; and Westley Turner, Freedom.

Mini — Alwin Peabody, Waldoboro; Richard Lee, Washington; Zachary Marston, Searsmont; Tyler Jones, Warren; and Captain Crunch, Rockland.

6-Cylinder — Mike Carr, Thomaston; Jared Mank, Warren; Richard Leigh, Washington; Bryan Hilt, Union; Rebekah Hilt, Union; Alex Jackson, Union; and Ryan Gamage, Owls Head.

Trucks — Joshua Cushman, Northport; and Eli Cushman, Northport.

On Aug. 16, three heats and four features were on tap, which again kicked off with two four-cylinder heats to determine not only the winners of that heat, but who would move on to the feature later in the evening.

In the first four-cylinder heat, it was the No. 9 car Vance Rice of Spruce Head that prevailed and the No. 13 car Joe Young of Warren that also emerged from the fray, while in the second heat, the No. 2 car Josh Bodman of Owls Head prevailed and the No. 4 car April Smith of Thomaston that also advanced to the feature later in the evening.

In the four-car, four-cylinder final, it was Warren who survived and claimed first-place honors, while Smith finished second.

In the first six-cylinder heat, the No. 51 car Kurt Hilt of Rockland and the No. 56 car Ryan Soule of Appleton survived, setting up a grudge match between the two. In the end, it was Soule who held on to claim victory.

In the minivan/truck feature, it was No. 69 Matt Eaton of Burkettville which prevailed, as did No. 36 Nick Faustini of Waldoboro in the fullsize truck/van feature.

A complete list of participants follows:

Josh Bodman, Owls Head; Carolyn Marriner, Appleton; April Smith, Thomaston; Richard Leigh, Washington; Tyler Jones, Warren; Jacob Harper, Spruce Head; Vance Rice, Spruce Head; Michael Wilson, Cushing; Joe Young, Warren; James Smith, Warren; Jim Smith, Spruce Head; Brian Hilt, Union; Eric Reed, Warren; Nick Faustini, Warren; Alvin Peadoby, Waldo; Robert Wheelis, Warren; Mark Tibbetts, Appleton; Kurt Hilt, Rockland; John Leach, Augusta; Josh Cushman, Northport; Chace Hayes, Waldo; Ryan Soure, Appleton; Ted Ripley, Owls Head; Jaden Eaton, Union; Carl Perkins, Rockport; Alvin Peabody, Waldoboro; Edgar Spaulding, Belfast; Matt Eaton, Burkettville; Tanner Follett, Owls Head; and Ben Morgan, Belfast.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Rebekah Freeman of Rockland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Ben Welt of Hope. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Ben Porter of Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Union firefighters. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Ben Porter of Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Matt Woods of Waldoboro, left, and Austin Stark of Burkettville. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Austin Stark of Burkettville. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Nick Tholtai of Waldoboro, left, and Westley Turner of Freedom. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Aug. 21 demolition derby action at the Union Fair. Alex Jackson of Union. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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