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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Get ready for thrills and spills

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  • — If it were described by the producers of the old Batman television show, it would go something like this:
    Bam!
    Pow!
    Whammo!
    Crunch!
    That's exactly what fans are in for at the Wayne County Fair.
    The KSR Motorsports group will be presenting two shows during the fair this year.
    The first show will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 and is sponsored by Rusty Palmer, Inc.
    The ultimate "Monster Truck Thrill Show" will feature a wide variety of acts, ranging from "Megasaurus" to the BMX Quad Racing event.
    Tickets for the event are $12 for adults and $8 for children eight and under.
    Advance tickets for the event are available online at waynecountyfair.com and persons are encouraged to check for availability.
    Megasaurus is a fire breathing, car gnawing machine which has delighted audiences across the nation.
    It is modeled after the Tyronnasaurus rex and has hydraulically-activated arms, grasping claws and jaws as well as flame throwers set up in the head to give the effect of breathing fire from the mount.
    The robot is approximately 30 feet tall and it was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2009 when it was used to demolish a house.
    Second show
    KSR Motorsports will have a second show at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 10, this one dubbed the "Monster Truck Freestyle."
    Page 2 of 3 - Featured will be Tuff Trucks, Doug Danger and Lou "Rocket" Ray, along with many other surprises.
    This event is sponsored by Lester Log Homes and ticket information is the same as the previous show.
    One of the highlights of the show will be the performance of Doug Danger, a world-class daredevil who had a brush with death before returning to active shows.
    Danger, 45, hails from Palmer, Mass. and once held the Guinness Book of World Records title for longest motorcycle jump in history.
    In the off season, he operates the "Danger Zone Saloon" in Warren, Mass.
    As a child, Danger worshiped his hero, Evel Knievel, and dreamed of one day jumping the fountains at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
    That never happened, however, in 1991, his world record jump over 42 cars put him in a class with Knievel.
    After achieving his jumping immortality, things took a big turn for the worst for Danger.
    It was 1992 and the jump was only over 11 cars at the New Hampshire Hudson Speedway. But the track was tiny.
    He completed the jump but was unable to turn his back in time. At full speed, Danger slammed head-on into a cement wall and cracked open his skull. He didn't wake up for a month and when he did, the shattered body was the least of his problems.
    "My memory was completely gone," he said.
    Danger said he could not read, didn't understand why a phone rang and basically had to "grow up all over again."
    Against the wishes of his now ex-wife, Danger slowly eased back into the stunt world after a two-year recovery. His mother, know as "Mom Danger," encouraged him, saying, "I truly believe that we are born to be what we are. And if you can't be alive being Doug Danger, then you might as well be dead."
    Page 3 of 3 - It was after this when Danger leaped over the fuselage of a 737 jet and to this day he continues to perform with thrill shows, including the one coming up at the Wayne County Fair.
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