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Combines, dust mark Banks Bar-B-Que

A crowd of 6,000 raises funds for park during annual event


Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: DOUG BURKHARDT - For the second year in a row, Cole Duyck won the Combine Destruction Derby in his Duyck Dynasty combine and celebrated with his Golden Wrench award.It was a perfect weekend for the annual Banks Bar-B-Que: No rain, not too hot, and no wild breezes to send the dust flying.

The task of raising dust clouds was left to the many drivers who entertained the crowd at Sunset Park Speedway by pulling a weighted sled as far as they could in their truck or tractor — or engaged in a truck tug-of-war, in which two vehicles try to overpower each other.During Sundays tractor pull event at Sunset Speedway in Banks, the customized Double Shot tractor bounces into the air as it struggles to move a heavy sled.

Organizers estimated that approximately 6,000 people attended the Bar-B-Que. The annual event, now in its 69th year, helps to raise funds for maintenance, operations and enhancements at Banks Sunset Park, a private park funded by park activities.

Two combines hit head-on during the demo derby, with the force of the impact propelling the rear ends of both machines into the air.The highlight of the weekend, and the community festival’s final event, was the Combine Destruction Derby. On Sunday, Cole Duyck of Banks captured the “Golden Wrench” award as he took first place in the demo derby while driving his “Duyck Dynasty” combine. Duyck won last year’s competition as well.

Two combines hit head-on during the demo derby, with the force of the impact propelling the rear ends of both machines into the air.



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