TROY - A large crowd converged on Alparon Park Friday night in Troy as the Demolition Derby got under way at the Troy Fair.

Troy Fair President Cathy Jenkins said the crowd looked larger than normal for a Friday night.

On Route 14, traffic was moving slowly past Alparon Park.

"Every parking lot is getting filled up," Jenkins said.

Jenkins thought the nice weather was the reason for the influx of fairgoers. In addition, she thought people simply wanted to go to the fair, after leaving work Friday.

Around 7 p.m., a long line of people waited outside Gate 1.

People packed the grandstand to watch the Demolition Derby, sponsored by the Sylvania Lions.

Prior to the start of the event, Troy Fair Queen Maria Demas; Whitney Bailey, first alternate; Sara Craig, second alternate; and Tricia Hojnowski sang the National Anthem.

A moment of silence was observed for all those who died for their country, as two National Guardsmen walked out with the American flag.

Then, the words everyone had been waiting to hear - "Gentlemen, start your engines."

This was following by a gunning of motors, and then a countdown: "10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1."

The louder the cars became, the more people seemed to love it.

Cars with names like "Krazy," "Creature," and "Suicidal" send the mud flying, sounding like a hive of angry hornets. Pipes poking out of one car's hood spewed smoke and even orange flames.

The fair wraps up today with another Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. at the Grandstands.

There is a 4-H/FFA Rabbit Show in the small arena at 9 a.m. and an Open Dairy Show for Holstein and Red and White cattle in the large arena at 9 a.m.

In addition, Kids Day features a wide range of activities in the Large Tent in the Lower Meadow, beginning at 10 a.m.. There is a bicycle giveaway. Also, there will be free helmets donated by Talisman Energy USA, Inc.

Natural High, the Battle of the Bands winner, will perform some free shows trackside and woodcarver Dennis Beach will have an auction at 5:30 p.m. in the infield. Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pulls will be held at the Grandstands at 2 p.m.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.