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Brothers Wally Meier, in the blue car at left, and Bob Meier, collided head-on Sunday at the Hubbard County Fair’s demolition derby. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Annual Hubbard County Fair was the place to be last week

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BY Sarah smith

To gauge the success of last week’s Hubbard County Fair, one needed to look no further than the ice cream shack Sunday.

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“Milk only,” the sign read.

“I don’t think I’m too popular today,” said cone proprietor Candy Parks. The fair ran out of soft serve by late Saturday.

The new midway, Crescent City Amusements, drew rave reviews.

Hundreds of visitors toured the 4-H barns and exhibits, fingering hand-sewn garments with purple ribbons, petting bunnies’ noses and laughing at a whimsical Mr. Potato Head display.

Richard Martin reported that nearly 400 kids toured the National Wild Turkey Federation - Minnesota table at the fair. He was astounded at the numbers.

But another sign of the times was the demolition derby.

Those events may be a remnant of times gone by.

Only eight vehicles entered the even, down considerably from past years.

Three classes were held and audience members were regretfully informed by the Public Address announcer that refunds would be given to people who felt they’d overpaid for the event.

Most of the crowd stayed seated as even more flowed in. But some went back for a refund.

Bob Meier, who battled his brother Wally for the welded class title, said obtaining cars is like embarking on a treasure hunt.

The Cash for Clunkers program took many off the market a few years ago.

“You have to travel a long ways to get them,” Bob Meier said. “Most of the cars I run come from western North Dakota. It’s about the only place you can get them that are any good.”

Andrew Carmichael, a perennial competitor, wasn’t able to get his car ready by the time the green flag dropped. Moondance Jam was a higher priority, his parents laughed.

“When scrap iron got high here two years ago everybody got rid of everything that was around here that was old,” Bob Meier added. “So that’s kind of put a big hurt” on availability.

The last race, which Meier won, started as a welded class but stock cars entered it in a free-for-all.

Meier’s 1966 Lincoln, a huge boat, seemed out of place with the more compact models. Wally Meier was driving a 1966 Chrysler.

1966 was a good year for demo cars,

“Yeah, I guess,” Bob Meier laughed.

None of the spectators left disappointed.

And the derby crowd will be awaiting Carmichael’s entrance in 2014.

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