While most people who attended the Pulaski County Fair were expecting carnival rides, livestock shows and pie competitions, not everyone may have been prepared to see dozens of remotely controlled vehicles zooming around a homemade track at the community center ball field.
While most people who attended the Pulaski County Fair were expecting carnival rides, livestock shows and pie competitions, not everyone may have been prepared to see dozens of remotely controlled vehicles zooming around a homemade track at the community center ball field. But RC car enthusiasts from around the local area were more than happy to share the love of their hobby with fairgoers during the RC Car Derby, held at the fair Saturday evening. Mike Haney, a Devil’s Elbow resident, was on site to hang out with fellow racers and put on a show for both children and adults who wandered over to watch the miniature cars and trucks speed through an obstacle course and take on vertical jumps. “In the RC world, it’s what they call bashing,” he explained of the showcase event. “It’s basically playing around.” Haney said a similar event was held at the 2011 fair, but the most recent meeting drew more participants and a larger crowd of those simply watching the event from the sidelines. He added that the RC racing world is multi-faced and can include everything from boats and helicopters to scaled-down construction vehicles. He said it’s a good way to showcase different vehicles, but events like the fair derby also build camaraderie amongst the racers. “Most everybody brings their own stuff,” Haney explained, motioning at tables filled with trucks, cars and replacement parts. “They have their own assortment of tools, spare parts, you can have a couple different bodies that you can paint and customize.” The RC Car Derby was just an informal get-together, but Haney said racing events for RC vehicles are held throughout the local area, especially in Jefferson City. He added that local residents are attempting to drum up even more interest in the hobby and have put together an informational page on Facebook. “If there’s enough interest, very possibly a group could form out of this,” he said. “We started with a Facebook page to see if we could get a little interest. “It’s a hobby for all, for sure,” Haney added, noting that men and women of all ages take part in RC car events. He said it’s a great hobby for parents to take part in with their children, as well. For more information about the local RC group and upcoming events, look up the Pulaski County Radio Control club on Facebook.