LIMA — The Allen County Fair has something for everyone. If you’re into risk-taking and thrills, the motorcycle stunt show Saturday evening at the grandstand was where you wanted to be.
The high-octane stunt riders provided audiences with a thrill a minute as they threw caution to the wind and made some spectacular jumps.
Geoff Gaskin, from Montreal, Quebec, has been a motocross athlete for the past six years.
“The basic of doing freestyle motocross is we’re going to be jumping ramp to ramp, metal to metal. There’s nothing in between the two. It’s 75 feet in distance. We jump about 35 feet in the air and we do all kinds of aerial figures, going from the Superman all the way to the backflip and we jump off our motorcycle, left, right, up, and down and flip it upside down as well,” said Gaskin.
To do these kinds of stunts it must take some kind of bravery. Gaskin isn’t so afraid of the stunts. That’s something he can control to an extent.
“I fear the unknown but what I know how to do, I do it well and it’s just an adrenaline rush. It’s not really a fear, if you want to put it that way,’ he said.
As one might expect, the motocross stunt riders do get hurt from time to time.
“I’ve had multiple injuries over my career, but I think breaking both wrists and an elbow all at the same time could be a pretty bad one and breaking two ankles at the same time could be a bad one as well,” he said.
Another thrill event that’s been going on at the fair throughout the week was the BMX stunt show. Kevin Teets is a member of the team and recounts some injuries he’s suffered doing what he loves.
“I had separated wrists from a front flip one time I had to bail out of it, so I paid the price for that. The same thing happened last night,” said Teets.
But the fear of injury isn’t on their minds.
“You can’t do that. You’ve got to not think about that stuff, so, I mean, you’re going to get hurt. I’m hurt. So it’s what we love doing, so we’re going to wake up and do it again,” said Teets.
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