Monster Trucks roar back into Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — Monster Trucks and the Delaware State Fair seem to be natural partners. Both are loud, colorful, in-your-face experiences that like to kick up a little dust.

That’s why Danny Aguilar, the assistant general manager and director of marketing for the Delaware State Fair, said it was time to bring back the big bad trucks after a three-year hiatus.

“We have had Monster Trucks in the past,” Mr. Aguilar said. “We took three years off and thought this would be good year to do it again.

“The Monster Truck show will offer motorsport enthusiasts, young kids and fans of Monster Trucks an opportunity to come out to the M&T Bank Grandstand to enjoy a high energy show.”

The Monster Truck Meltdown presented by Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association will officially get the entertainment ball rolling at the

Delaware State Fair when it takes center stage at M&T Bank Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Zane Rettew, owner of Monster Events, said people attending the Monster Truck Meltdown can expect “a lot of destruction.” (Submitted photo)

Zane Rettew, owner of Monster Events, said people attending the Monster Truck Meltdown can expect “a lot of destruction.” (Submitted photo)

Zane Rettew, owner of Monster Events, which puts on the Monster Truck Meltdown Summer Tour, said many people in Delaware have become accustomed to NASCAR races, but said the oversized trucks will provide an experience attendees won’t soon forget.

“You can expect a lot of destruction,” Mr. Rettew said. “It’s like when you go to the NASCAR race and you’re waiting for the big wreck to happen and don’t know when it’s going to happen.

“It’s just going to be a lot of mayhem. These Monster Trucks are going to do wheelies, get huge air, do doughnuts and all kinds of things. They put on quite a show.”

There will be six monster trucks appearing at the show in Harrington, including: Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Stinger (driven by Mr. Rettew), Storm Damage, Hurricane Force and Saigon Shaker, which is driven by Ryan Disharoon, who is from Delmar.

All of the drivers and trucks that will appear at the State Fair also compete in the popular Monster Jam, which tours large indoor arenas across the country throughout the winter.

The Monster Truck Meltdown will start with a wheelie competition, then there will be side-by-side bracket racing until a winner is decided, followed by a freestyle competition.

The freestyle competition allows drivers 90 seconds plus a 30-second bonus period on an open floor to show off their skills as they drive their trucks over cars and do stunts and tricks.

In between all of the Monster Truck action, a pro stadium truck circuit will have a modified off-road truck race that should also provide some spills and chills. It’s called the “Tuff Truck Challenge.”

Tickets to the Monster Truck Meltdown run from $18 to $20.

The whole truck show will take a lot of manpower to pull off. There will be a Jake Owen concert tonight, before the State Fair officially kicks off.

Mr. Rettew said he will have a staff of a dozen to 15 people working from 6 a.m. Thursday right up until near showtime that evening shaping tons of dirt, which will include its share of jumps and tight turns.

“Our crew has never performed at the Delaware State Fair,” Mr. Rettew said. “We are super excited to be there because it’s one of the biggest fairs on the East Coast. Plus, we’re really excited that we will be the ones opening up the Delaware State Fair.”

If watching the trucks from the M&T Bank Grandstand doesn’t do it for spectators, Mr. Rettew said there will be an even closer experience offered during the day of the Monster Truck Meltdown.

“If people want to come out early before our show, all throughout the day of the fair we’ll have two ride trucks,” he said. “People can come and get up into one of the trucks and take a ride that they won’t soon forget.

“You never see a person get off that isn’t smiling ear to ear.”

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