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A crushing time had at monster truck rally on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!
Ballistic, driven by Mac Plecker, does a wheelie over a dirt mound during the Southern Monster Truck Showdown at the Chicopee Woods Ag Center Sunday. - photo by Tom Reed

Hundreds of people of all ages gathered at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center Sunday afternoon for the Southern Monster Truck Showdown.

The show kicked off Friday night with shows Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. At about two and half hours the family-oriented Southern Monster Showdown series travels the U.S., usually playing in smaller communities, such as Gainesville.

"(People) don’t have to travel so far for good family entertainment," said Gale Hill, who, along with her husband, promotes the series.

Among the featured trucks at the show was the "Ozz Monster," "Monster Patrol," "Ballistic," and "Outlaw Clydesdale." Dirty Dingus McGee, the "Motorsports Clown," was there before each show started for entertainment as the families came in. Attendees also were able to participate in an All Terrain Vehicle race.

The crowds consisted of many families, who took full advantage of the many concessions and merchandise available.

Damon Gowan, of Murrayville, came to the show on Sunday afternoon with his wife and son. "We came for my son, Wyatt," Gowan said. They like to come out to monster truck shows whenever they’re here.

Gowan’s favorite part of the shows are "the horsepower, the sound, and the loudness."

Jennifer Young, of Flowery Branch, also came out on Sunday afternoon with her husband and children. "We came out for our kids," Young said. "They like it."

Her son Jackson loves watching the trucks. "We have never been to a show before, but we have watched it on TV," Young said.

Hill said they are always open for suggestions on what you want to see at the next show. Those interested can visit www.southern for more information.

The show will be back in Gainesville next year on Sept. 18, 19 and 20.

Hill said that she enjoys seeing the smiles on the faces of the children who come to the show.

"The kids have a good time," she said.

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