NORWOOD - No traffic violations were distributed and no arrests were made Friday afternoon at the Firemen’s Field in Norwood, but scores of witnesses saw plenty of high impact car crashesas part of the Independence Day festivities.
Dozens of vehicles took part in an extreme bumper car free-for-all as a part of the Norwood Fire Department’s Field Day.
The annual demolition derby drew cheering fans and plenty of prizes awarded as a part of the 4th of July celebration.
“It’s a day of fun that our guys spend a lot of time and a lot of hard work tearing the cars apart, preparing for. They’re taking the windows out, smashing up and donating their time to have a little fun and have a good time donating their time to the fire department,” Norwood Fire Department Assistant Chief Tina M. Garrow said. “It’s a great fundraiser. A lot of people like to do this just for the fun of it.”
Ms. Garrow said that the department will be hosting the St. Lawrence County Demolition Derby Championship in September as well.
“It’s just a great day of fun. We have a lot of family (participating,)” she said. “The Foster family is a generational group. There is a father and son, and they race in honor of the mom who passed away. They also donate trophies to this organization to get it out there.”
Both Joey and Wayne Foster took part in this year’s event.
Of the five heats in Friday’s derby, Joey Foster took home first place in the first two.
“(The mother) Diane always drove in the Powderpuff, no matter where the derby was. Whether it was here, West Potsdam, Pierrepont - (she was) very avid and very loyal to her family as far as demo derby,” Ms. Garrow said. “I am proud to say that this is a very good turnout this year for us - an excellent turnout.”
Rules of the derby included not being allowed to hit on the driver’s side door.
Butch’s Auto of Norfolk donated a car that was raffled off at the conclusion of the competition.
The car was donated in memory of Larry “Butch” McConnohie, who passed away in 2013.
“(Butch) was my brother-in-law. The Norwood Fire Department contacted me about donating a car. They said they wanted to paint one up in memory of Butch,” Jennifer Tabernia said. “I was more than happy to donate a car for the cause.”