Power Wheels demolition derby class thrills youngsters

| October 4, 2016

COSHOCTON – Sisters Emma Ellis and McKenna Ellis weren’t afraid to crash into the boys or each other during the little Power Wheels division of the demolition derby held Oct. 3 at the Coshocton County Fair.

“My oldest competed at the Hartford Fair and loved it,” said Anthony Ellis, the girls’ father.

Anthony was on the sidelines cheering the girls on and giving them instructions along with the parents of the other nine contestants.

Emma, 4, competed in the event with a pink car, and McKenna, 7, used her orange SUV.

“I bought them (their vehicles) cheep and fixed them up and added lawnmower batteries,” Anthony said.

Both girls, who are from Alexandria, agreed that their favorite part of the contest was crashing into people.

Like Emma, this also was Brantley Vail’s first year competing.

The 3-year-old from Coshocton saw the contest last year and his mom Monica Vail thought since he loves his Power Wheel so much she’d let him try it.

“It was pure excitement watching him,” she said. “It was great.”

The demolition derby contest was ran by Smash It Demolition Derby and also included a compact car class, full size leaf class and youth class, where the driver couldn’t have a driver’s license, but had to have an adult passenger in the vehicle with them.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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