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The pit bike races and ATV four-wheeler races opened Friday's show. The crowd watched, although many also had out cellphones logged onto Facebook. When the monster truck competition began, spectators sat up straighter and many of the phones were put away.
More than 4,200 people attended the two days of the show -- 1,833 on Friday and 2,440 on Saturday.
Chris Hager of Cape Girardeau brought his 4-year-old nephew, Michael Hager, to Friday's show.
"I'm not nearly as big a fan as Michael is, but I wanted to bring him," said Chris, grinning as he tousled Michael's hair.
"I think he really likes the name," his uncle said.
Neighbors and close friends Brandy Ackman and Rachel Poe of Cape Girardeau brought their sons, 2-year-old Bryce Ackman and 3-year-old Weston Poe to the racing event. Bryce and Weston are buddies, and, like Michael Hager, their favorite monster truck was Monkey N Round.
Both boys were treated to new monster truck toys by their mothers and could barely contain their excitement at attending the monster truck show. They managed only brief commentary between hopping up and down and air-driving the new trucks and could only barely manage to stand still for a few seconds at a time as Ackman attempted to take a photograph of them together with their new toys.
Knowing their sons' enthusiasm for monster trucks, "we've had this planned for a few weeks," Poe said.
"This is Weston's third show but Bryce's first," Ackman said as she held up a pair of orange noise-protection earphones. "And I can't get him to wear these."
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