Fair revving up for ‘Hayfield 20′
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
For the second consecutive year, the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair in Meshoppen will be offer Enduro style car racing.
And this year, one of the event’s coordinators, Kiwanian George Yuhas, said it is better than ever.
The event, which will take place following the Tuff Truck Competition at4 p.m., will feature a larger track with more excitement for spectators and racers alike.
There will be three divisions, four, six and eight cylinder, to take place, and the event has been dubbed the ‘Hayfield 20.’
“We’re using a larger track that runs along the outside of the main area,” Yuhas said. “To keep things friendly for the drivers.”
He noted that the track is nearly three times the size of last year’s track, and that the larger area makes it more fun for stock vehicles.
“The larger track really makes it a ‘racer’s race,’” Yuhas noted.
Yuhas said on Thursday that the aim of the racing events has been to improve it for both racers and spectators each year, and he feels they are doing their job.
“We put in longer straight-aways and hair pin turns on the ends,” Yuhas said. “It forces the drivers to do some positioning. It’s more fun than a regular oval track.”
As far as what cars will be allowed to take part in the race, Yuhas said the coordinators of the event have a motto, “you bring it, we’ll race it.”
He said that as long as the vehicle passes a safety inspection, it will be deemed fit to race on the track.
Since racing at the fairgrounds began three years ago, Yuhas said that the six cylinder division has been the most popular, and said that spectators can expect there to be around 15-20 racers.
“We see a lot of guys bringing front-wheel drive six cylinder vehicles to race,” Yuhas said. “I guess it’s a known secret that they’re the most fun to race.”
Many of the participants in the event areWyomingCountyresidents, but Yuhas said that people come from as far as Bradford and Susquehanna counties to compete.
Drivers can begin entering the fairgrounds through the pit entrance once gates open on Saturday, and will pay a $25 race fee upon entry.
As for spectators, gate entrance to the fair pays for the opportunity to watch drivers speed around the track on the fairgrounds.
Yuhas pointed out one important aspect of this year’s event. He said that organizers decided to keep the race in front of the grandstands for the audience’s convenience.
He said that anyone that decides to come to the event is sure to have a good time.
“The Tuff Truck night is one of our biggest draws at the fair,” Yuhas said. “It’s a big hit among people who come.”
And he promises a bigger show, on a bigger track, for everyone who attends.