The Dodge County Fair has hosted stock car races, demolition derbies, truck and tractor pulls and rodeos. There is something new on the schedule this year, however, and it involves vehicles, trailers and appliances.
The 1st Annual Dodge Mayhem Trailer Races, plus appliance and drag racing, is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.
The trailer race is exactly what it sounds like, said Donnie Allen of the Fair Board.
There will be classes for full size cars, trucks, mid-size and mini, he said. The idea for the trailer races is to attach a trailer to your vehicle and race around the track. The goal, he said, is to make as many laps around the track as you can and also to dislodge the trailer from the vehicle in front of you. When your trailer is detached from the ball hitch, he said, you are out of the race.
Although this is the first time for trailer races, he said, they are very popular in other areas.
"They have had them in the Twin Cities, like at Elko, for years," he said.
Many of those drawn to competing in trailer races have competed in demolition derbies, Allen said.
Many local people have competed in demo derbies and "I wanted to bring something different to the fair", he said.
There is a lot of destruction involved in a trailer race, he said, but also a lot of fun for those watching.
The appliance races involve going around the track with an appliance attached to the vehicle.
Allen explained that any appliance is okay as long as it is "environmentally safe." This means appliances such as refrigerators are not acceptable. Exercise equipment is one acceptable option, he added.
One appliance must be attached to the hood, one to the roof and one to the trunk.
The process is the cars start at the start line and make one lap and go to the pit where the first appliance is added. They then make a lap and go to the pit for the second appliance. Another lap and another pit stop to add the third appliance. Then it's four laps around the track for a total of seven laps.
First car to complete the fourth lap with all three appliances wins.
For the drag race the object is to race down the front stretch, touch the barrel and race backwards to the start line. The winner moves on to the next round.
There are a variety of safety rules the drivers must follow and the modifications required to be made to the cars are listed on the fair website as is the entry form. Anyone who wants to know more about the race can call Allen at 507-273-8040.
Allen said the afternoon is intended to be a fun family event at a cost efficient price.