11/24/13 137 W - + 5 - 8 Combine Demolition Derby


For your Sunday afternoon diversion, here's a YouTube video about a combine demolition derby in Lind, Washington. The tiny town's annual event was chronicled by writer Chuck Palahniuk in his essay "Demolition," which appeared in his 2004 non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. (He's the guy that wrote Fight Club. I'm listening to the non-fiction book on audiobook.) The rules includes no glass in the cab, no concrete in the tires, and no combines newer than twenty-five years old. Such contests are held throughout the grain belt, as this Wikipedia article notes. This video was produced by "Farmers Alamanac Television" and uploaded in 2006. (The resolution is a bit poor, but it's an engaging clip.) You can find more footage by searching YouTube, including clips from this year's event in Lind. 
 







  
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