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Demo derby part of the fabric of Westmoreland County

Before they even knew how to drive, brothers Nick and Owen Patrick of Unity had attended the demolition derby series held every summer across Westmoreland County.

“Mom would take us almost every weekend to the derbies,” said Owen Patrick. “Since we were probably five or six.”

The pair have been building, testing, and wrecking demo derby cars for years — just to see how much a car can take before it’s totaled.

The annual Westmoreland Summer Derby Series features categories including tractors, compact cars and full-size cars. This year’s series concludes with a championship on Sept. 21 at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.

In addition to the series finale, fans can watch the smash-em-up pasttime at this year’s Westmoreland Fair at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Peoples’ Grandstand Arena on the fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township.


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Demolition driver Owen Patrick of Unity puts on his driving gloves before entering into the ring for the Westmoreland Derby Series on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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Robert and Denise Leasher help their nephew, A.J. Hall, jump start his derby car on Saturday, June 22, 2019, during the kids demo derby at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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Spectators watch from the sidelines during the tractor derby on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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A judge waits to inspect derby cars on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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Firefighters with Calumet Volunteer Fire Department, Jason Jester (left) and Nick Stewart, jump into the ring to extinguish a fire during the lawn tractor derby series on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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Drivers compete in the compact category for the Westmoreland Derby Series on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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Derby drivers gather at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
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Crowds watch from the grandstands as demo derby series takes place on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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A demolished car is lifted out of the ring on Saturday, June 22, 2019 during the Westmoreland Derby series at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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Demo derby driver Owen Patrick, of Unity, drives in the ring during the full-size car category in the Westmoreland Derby Series on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
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