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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Despite the Rain - Huge Turnout for Paoli's " Havoc on the Hill"

PAOLI - MAY 14, 2022 - Saturday's weather of rain, and passing thunderstorms could not keep the crowds away from Paoli Chamber of Commerce's " Havoc on the Hill,"

The event was televised by Derby Tease TV who came to video tape the event live. In addition, a professional announcer from Illinois, came to give the spectators a play by play of this evening's event.

Bill Byar, camera man for Derby Tease TV

" We had over 80 entries one hour and half before, the event began. The event is a regular event, with one held in the Spring and a larger demolition derby in the Fall," said Barry Laird organizer of the event for the Paoli Chamber of Commerce.

Steve Bucknam, Derby Tease TV gets ready to televise Paoli's " Havoc on the Hill"

" The event is to bring the community to the business," said Laird.

Rainbow over the Orange County Fairgrounds before the " Havoc on the Hill"

There was fun for race car drivers of all ages from the power wheels, lawn mowers, youth stocks and more. The spectators themselves having just as much fun, cheering their favorite driver.

" It was just a hard time for us, getting here, but we finally made it. My dad's truck stop running on the way here. But nothing could stop us from having this much fun," said Jeremy Smith, Austin, Indiana who came with his father.

One participant came all the way from Kansas to be a part of the mayhem spread out over the evening.

Bryan Seybold, Bedford entered the "Havoc on the Hill" to honor his father Dusty who passed away. Bryan's father took him to demolition derbies whenever he was younger

" I came tonight to honor my father who passed away. My father has always taken part in the demolition derbies, when I was little and this was my first time," said Bryan Seybold of Bedford. " I got stuck so I did not do as good as I would have liked. I did come out in fourth out of eight entries in the youth mini stocks,"

The features did not disappoint the thrill seeking, and adrenaline junkie, who love to hear the roar of a motor, and some bangs.

A red flag came out at least twice during one of the features.

Only one incident was reported during the event when one small child became lost. The child was with the Paoli Police Department for over an hour waiting for a parent to show up and pick up the child.

Lawrence County Zephyr will have the winners of the Demolition Derby later on Sunday.

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