Many derby cars at Saturday nightâ€™s Whitley County 4-H Demolition Derby had a â€śSkinny 7â€ť sticker on them, in honor of Justin Hinen, a 4-Her and avid derby participant, who died in a snowmobile accident in March. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair was more than just a project for Justin Hinen, it was a lifestyle.
Hinen passed away at age 21 after a snowmobile accident in March, but his presence still carries on at this yearâ€™s fair.
At Saturday nightâ€™s demolition derby, a moment of silence was held for Hinen, and many of the derby cars had a sticker with his nickname, â€śSkinnyâ€ť and the number 7 (Hinenâ€™s derby number).
â€śThe demolition derby is a big deal in our family,â€ť Justinâ€™s brother Jeremy said. â€śMy brother and I grew up with it. 4-H and derbys are all we knew.â€ť
Jeremy and Justin both participated in the demolition derby since they were old enough at age 16.
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