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Funds for cancer research raised at smashing event

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Smashing Cancer Demo Derby

AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) - It looks like bumper cars for adults but it's actually a serious competition.

Saturday afternoon, the dirtiest and strongest machines tested each other's steel at the 6th annual Smashing Cancer Demo Derby in Austin.

Part of the Paint the Town Pink movement, the event was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed due to weather.

While there were some serious collisions at the Mower County Fairgrounds, it was more about the fun had by all ages and the funds raised.

"It's for a good cause. Me and my buddy run every derby around here," said driver Brandon Blanchard. "I've liked cars since I was a little kid. I built one one time and never stopped."

Blanchard says his strategy is to aim for the wheels and stay out of the way.

The drivers run the cars until they stop and then put up the white flag. The last driver remaining wins. The drivers were broken up into different classes based on vehicle.

All of the money from the derby goes to cancer research at The Hormel Institute.

Alex Tejada

Alex Tejada

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