GREENFIELD — A new resident of Hancock County, Mitchell Giere made his presence known Wednesday at the Hancock County 4-H Fair’s demolition derby.
Competing in the Gut-N-Go, the penultimate event of the night, Giere pulled off a move late in the race that wowed a capacity crowd under the lights at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.
After the nine-car Gut-N-Go had been trimmed to Giere and defending champion Alex McCracken of Bloomington, Giere was attempting to whip around the south side of the track and face up McCracken – only the car stalled and he ended up halfway on retaining wall.
“If you get on the wall and you get two of your four wheels straddling it – you’re not going anywhere. I think I only had one of the four,” said Giere, who recently moved to Hancock County from Mercer County, Ohio, an area about 50 miles southeast of Fort Wayne. “I’m teeter-tottering and when you teeter-totter, you can mash it and kind of rock it and pop back off.”
Giere flashed a smile.
“It was pure luck on that one,” he added.
Giere swung off the barrier and away from a potential finishing move from McCracken, and he eventually nailed down the victory. The recent college graduate enjoyed his first go-around in Greenfield.