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Rednecks bring lawnmower derby to Clay County

Friday, July 11, 2008

Team Brazil Billies will be honoring the United States Army during the event. Self-proclaimed "red neck" team members include (in no particular order) George Scott, Max Sanders, Frank Bowles, Sharon Bowles, Derrick Bowles, Brittany Bowles, Phillip Bowles, Nikki Bledsoe and Brandon Berrong. Anthony Bledsoe was unavailable for the picture. Ivy Jackson Photo.
The smell of fuel and smoke fills the air as crowds of spectators cheer on their favorite drivers, who ram and crash into their opponents' vehicles.

Whoever has the last vehicle that can still operate under its own power is awarded the victory.

It might sound familiar, but this isn't a normal demolition derby.

Welcome to the bizarre "red neck" world of lawnmower demolition derby.

On Sunday, the second Redneck Riding Mower Demolition Derby will be held in Clay County at 10548 North County Road 200 West.

Event organizers and self-proclaimed "red necks" Steve Stanford, George Scott, Bob Freeman and Max Sanders talked to The Brazil Times about the unique event Friday.

Originating in Vigo County in 2007, Stanford and Sanders said this is the second lawnmower demolition derby event organized in Clay County.

"We had nearly 500 spectators at the first one held in the Staunton area in June," Sanders said.

Drivers can enter an unaltered stock lawnmower with rims smaller than 13 inches.

Once on the field, the action is fast and furious as drivers must make contact with another lawnmower within 90 seconds, but safety is key. No one but officials and the drivers are allowed on the track, and medical personnel are always on standby.

"Safety is important," Scott said.

After visiting a derby organized by Stanford in rural Vigo County, Team Brazil Billies was organized to do friendly battle with Team Terre Haute.

Local Brazil Billies Scott, Sanders, Frank Bowles, Sharon Bowles, Derrick Bowles, Brittany Bowles, Phillip Bowles, Nikki Bledsoe, Anthony Bledsoe and Brandon Berrong are honoring the Army during this derby event, and hoping to bring home the Best of Show Trophy.

"We're a team in name's sake and for fun, but when we hit the field it's each driver for himself," Scott said. "It adds to the spirit of the event. We are all out there to have a good time."

"It's all good friendly fun. We put on a great show for the crowd," Freeman said. "We have even had Country Music Television at an event and we're all over YouTube.com."

The team rivalry is for show, but the friendship between the two teams is lasting.

"We like being red necks," Freeman said. "And we love getting together for a lawnmower derby."

Organizers said the free event is a time for families and strangers to get together and have some fun because there is a lot of audience participation and entertainment between the heats.

"Rednecks don't have friends, we have family," Sanders said. "Stanford here, although he's from Terre Haute, he's family now. That's what rednecks do when we get together, we meet new family members."

For more information about the Redneck Riding Mower Demolition Derby, contact Steve Stanford at 812-251-2760.

Derby information

WHAT: Redneck Riding Mower Demolition Derby themed "In support of our military"

* Entertainment will be provided by local vocalist Cassie Scott, who will perform the National Anthem.

* Event organizers recommend people bring lawn chairs for seating while watching the men's and the powder-puff events.

WHEN: Sunday, 11 a.m. driver registration begins with the derby heats beginning at 1 p.m.

* Drivers of all ages are welcome (under 18 must have parent present) to register a stock class lawnmower (with the mowing deck removed) on the day of the event for $25. Powder-puff drivers can enter for free. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded during the event.

WHERE: The vacant field located near 10548 N CR 200 W. Parking is free.

* Admission is free and coolers are allowed. Refreshments will be available for a low cost and raffle tickets for a reconditioned lawn mover ready for derby use will also be sold during the event.

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Why would you have to go watch this wheny ou can just sit on 40 and watch the lawn mower paprade everyday!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Sat, Jul 12, 2008, at 6:43 AM

sorry parade

guess I am a bad spelling redneck

-- Posted by sassypants on Sat, Jul 12, 2008, at 7:33 AM

Wow!!! cannot wait to go watch..i got to run in derby last time in powderpuff and took home 1st place i got hurt so i cannot run mine this time so my daughter will be taking my place...also my hubby is in it and all my other family members...its a GREAT time i incourage everyone to come out..its a BLAST!!! Hope to see you ALL there

-- Posted by proudmommyof3 on Sat, Jul 12, 2008, at 11:41 AM

Or the golf carts. I guess that would be more of a rich senior citizens event. Look for the next Jeff Foxworthy video.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Jul 13, 2008, at 7:57 PM

And people wonder whats wrong with this town. Unbelievable

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 4:03 AM

This is really cool sorry I had to be out of town & missed it. Great family entertainment & Its Free

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 10:48 AM

as if people didn't already think that we are a bunch of meth eating rednecks, now we have these yahoo's representing clay county. give me a break.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 5:17 AM

What is wrong with them having good clean fun. Its better to have them working on their lawn mowers to have a derby than to be out doing drugs, I think it is a great idea. Not my thing but if people like to crash mowers into other lawn mowers.................. THEN MORE POWER TO THEM!

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Sat, Jul 19, 2008, at 2:55 AM

how do you think that the neighbors of these people feel. the noise that these people make day in and day out when they are "tuning" these contraptions is extremly loud. then when they do have them tuned they drive the lawnmowers in the road. i'm not saying that they are on drugs, but what sober person would want to sit on a lawn mower and let another person ram into them with another lawnmower?

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Tue, Jul 22, 2008, at 9:52 PM

Sounds like a great thing!! Hope everyone had a great time!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Wed, Jul 23, 2008, at 6:52 AM

That is too funny! I especially LOVE the shot gun! What's wrong with you people dogging them? Grow up, get a life! They are just having some good clean fun for goodness sakes! I think it's awesome!

-- Posted by Jessica Dixon on Wed, Jul 23, 2008, at 12:50 PM

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