By Carol McIntire
There are a number of ways to say “I love you” to your fiancé, one of which is not repeatedly smashing into the machine they are driving.
For Kyle Davis and his fiancé, Bethany Burger, that was the case Sunday afternoon in the Carroll County Fair combine derby.
Davis and Berger were the last two combines running in a field of six machines. The two “went at each other” multiple times; smashing the two combines head to head on the bottom side of the pit, much to the delight of the crowd. After several minutes, Burger’s combine stalled. When she was unable to get it started, Davis was declared the winner.
Davis was asked later about going head-to-head for the win with his fiancé.
“To be honest, it was weird. I knew if I won I was going to be the bad guy because the crowd was definitely in her favor,” he said.
Davis said he didn’t have to coax her to enter the event and never dreamed they’d have to battle it out for the win.
“She was raised on a dairy farm and said she’d always wanted to be in a combine derby,” he said. “I bought all of the Magee family’s old combines so she’d have one to run.”
“She did a good job, even though she was really nervous,” he continued. “I haven’t had time to check her combine yet, but I think it stalled because the battery terminal came off.”
Burger did get a little redemption on her future husband when the crowd voted her combine “best of show”. Davis was voted “most aggressive driver”.
The two are already making plans for their next combine derby.
“If we can, we want to take the combines to Lisbon (Columbiana County Fair, July 30-Aug. 5) to compete,” he said.
The two plan to be married Sept. 14, 2019.
Jake Green of Mechanicstown finished third in the derby, followed by Zeph Casper and Kurt Davis, both of Carrollton, and Jasun Baker of Hanoverton.