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Monster Trucks rev through Kern County Fair

Posted at 11:45 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 11:39:19-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Its a show filled with non-stop adrenaline and lots of revving engines. The monster truck show at the Kern County Fair took place on Saturday and Sunday, bringing five behemoth vehicles to rip through Coors Grandstand Arena.

The event was intense, exciting, and featured performers from all over the country, and also someone from right here in Bakersfield.

"I love hearing the kids screaming and yelling. And the fan I don't care if they're 8 or 80, the fans are great and when you can hear them over that motor it really makes it worth all that work," said Terry Wodcoock, a Bakersfield native who has been driving monster trucks for over three decades.

Woodcock drives a truck with the protracting eyeball, called Cyclops. Tuesday's event was not a race, but a freestyle battle. That means it's up to the fair's attendees to decide a winner.

"They'll name each truck and each driver and the crowd will respond and so the loudest cheer for the truck is the winner of each round and we'll go out there three different times and do three different freestyle rounds," Woodcock said.

There was more to the monster truck show than monster trucks. Stuntman Dr Danger hails from Austin, Texas. He also ripped and roared through the dirt.

"I'm a crash and burn artist, what I'm going to be doing tonight is crashing a car right in front of the crowd," the stunt man said.

After Danger's stunt shocked the crowd, he emerged from the wreckage to crash another day. 23ABC asked Woodcock if the monster truck lifestyle ever gets old.

"Never ever because you have new fans all the time and you see your old fans. I've gone to shows where the people come back 18 years straight and you get to see them year after year. Never gets old," he said.