Quad racers battle for the checkered flag during the event on Sunday
Children as young as four also took part in the event on Sunday
Two competitors take flight during one of the bike events
Marion County Fair Motocross Event Successful, Draws in Pro RidersThe Marion County Fair kicked off this weekend with the first Grandstand Event, the Motocross on Sunday night. Riders of all skill levels competed in 11 classes on both traditional bikes and the four wheel quads. A $3,000 purse was offered for some of the pro classes, and some professional riders were among the racers on Sunday, including the Gulley Brothers, Aaron and Adam, who traveled to Marion County from Jonesberg, Missouri for the race, they say the Marion County Fair is one of their favorite races to go to.
"The crowd is always pretty good, and they always have a good dash-for cash event. [The events] pay pretty good money." Aaron Gulley said.
The Gulley brothers compete nationally in the Supercross, and have been featured on the Speed Channel. Several other pros were at the event, and they competed alongside local amatuers, some as young as four years old, in the event.
The younger riders, of course, use less powerful bikes, but that didnt stop them from competing just as hard as the pros to get in the winners circle.
Winners from each category in Sunday night's events included:
250cc Bike: Travis Walker of Ramsey, IL
80cc Bike: Dustin Foley of Centralia, IL
450cc Quad: Brad Erwin of Benton, IL
Pro-Money 250cc Bike: Adam Gulley of Jonesburg, MO
50cc Bike: Connor Dawkins of Louisville, IL
450cc Bike: Chris Skelton of Evansville, IN
100cc and Below Quad: Aiden Volsch of McLeansboro
430cc and Under Quad: Jeremy Wagner of Centralia, IL
50cc and Below Quad: Devan Travis of Mt. Vernon, IL
Pro-Money Quads: Timmy Schultz of West Frankfort, IL
Open: Travis Walker of Ramsey, IL
65cc Bike: Cohen Smith of Louisville, IL
Pro-Money 450cc Bike: Kyle Hussey of Foristell, MO
Dash for Cash ($710 Prize): Kyle Hussey of Foristell, MO
The Marion County Fair Continues this week, with the Queen contest on Tuesday, July 30th, and the Demolition Derby taking place on August 2nd.
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