Monster trucks brought the California Mid-State Fair to a loud and dusty finish on Sunday.
The large crowd packed the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center , filli ng all sides of the stadium. F ans wearing earmuffs cheered as they waved checkered racing flags .
Sunday’s show featured six monster trucks : Double Trouble, driven by Tyler Groth; Trouble Maker, driven by Travis Groth; Shocker, driven by Pat Gerber; Wrong Way Rick, driven by Rick Swanson; The Felon, driven by Mark Schroeder ; and Obsessed, driven by Eric Swanson.
The trucks began the evening with a wheelie competition as each tru ck did wheelies off the jumps. Double Trouble came in first at the competition.
Next came a race, with two trucks racing a gainst each other at a time. T he winner of each pair of races went on to compete against the other winners in semi-final and final race rounds.
In the first round of races, Obsessed flipped over onto its hood and h ad to be righted by a tractor. Obsessed left the stadium for repairs and didn’t return for the remainder of the show.
Shocker won the monster truck racing final in a race against Wrong Way Rick.
The last event of the evenin g was a freestyle competition. E ach of the trucks took their turn going off ramps, doing wheelies and donuts to wow the judges.
Double Trouble won the freestyle competition, making driver Tyler Groth the overall winner of the monster truck s how with a final score of 76 points. This was Groth’s second time winning the fair event ; he also took first place last year.
“I drove the truck until the shocks went through the hood ,” Groth said as the crowd cheered for his victory. “You guys were great. ”
In between each segment of the monster truck competition, three motocross riders performed tricks on a 75-foot jump. The riders did handstands, flips and other tricks to get the crowd screaming.
The show ended at 9 p.m. and was fo llowed by an autograph session at which the monster truck drivers signed autographs and met fans.