Popular attraction at Tazewell County Fair still happening

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TAZEWELL, VA (WVVA) The demolition derby at the Tazewell County Fair is a popular attraction each summer. But throughout the community, folks are hearing the derby is being done away with all together. Some of those worried about the derby, are the drivers.

JR Mitchell says he’s been a driver in the demolition derby for 16 years and it’s his passion.

“I am out here spending my money to put on a show for the fans,” said Mitchell.

Recent reports from local newspapers say that the president of the Tazewell County Fair claims there’s a lack of cars and the replacement would be a rodeo.

But other’s don’t want the rodeo at all. Christina Jones says that this is a family tradition and shouldn’t be an event for one night only.

Superintendent Viola Asbury with the Tazewell County Fair says the rodeo was booked in September to fill the Friday and Saturday slots.

“Our responsibility is provide entertainment for our fair goers,” said Asbury.

Today, a decision was made to have a figure eight derby with a demolition derby to end the night.

A rodeo will be taking place on Saturday as well.

The Tazewell County Fair will take place on July 16-20. Copy and paste the following link for more information: http://www.tazewellcountyfair.com/

 

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

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