By Tricia Bell, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
LIMA, OHIO -
Thousands of fans fill the Allen County fairgrounds each year for the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals. Monster truck driver Joe Nichter started out as a fan, but this weekend, he'll be behind the wheel of The General.
Nichter says describes driving a monster truck as a fun adrenaline rush.
For the past 17 years the family friendly event has kicked off the summer season in Allen County. And Nichter keeps the hobby in the family, his daughter Macey drives a mini monster called the Demolition Diva.
"Your pumped when you get in and you're pumped when you get out. It never stops," said Macey Nichter.
The Jamboree is best known for bringing in monster trucks. However, another event is bringing in a smaller but very powerful vehicle.
The King of the Hammers qualifying race combines extreme rock crawling and high speed desert racing. Competitors drive a type of all terrain vehicle known as an Ultra4.
They're cars that can scale steep embankments and can also build up plenty of speed.
"They're the true ultimate vehicle," said Dave Cole, founder/president, King of the Hammers.
The rumble of engines will sound at the fairgrounds through Sunday. Tickets at the gate are $19 for adults and $10 for children under 12.