In a unique variation on traditional biodiesel, B20 is sourced from soybeans. This summer at the Delaware State Fair tiny soybeans, were responsible for a huge task. Soybean B20 powered over 50 rides in ten days.

The Delaware Soybean Board and amusement ride operators, Wade Shows Incorporated, arranged the rides on the state fairgrounds in Harrington Delaware.

“In the past, we have sponsored the use of biodiesel in the generators that run the rides on the midway,” said Kevin Evans, chairman of the Delaware Soybean Board. “That’s been a great promotion with Wade Shows, the vendor that runs the rides.”

Over 10 days, 50 rides at the Delaware State Fair ran on Soybean Biodiesel. Credit: NAFTC

Last year, 11 state and county fairs were funded by the United Soybean Board. In most fairs, soy-based cleaners and degreasers are used in public areas and every piece of diesel equipment used on the fairgrounds is fueled with soy-based biodiesel.

Delaware had soy-based dust control known as DustKill applied to several of its gravel roads earlier this summer.

“This year we wanted to work with the fair, itself, to showcase a great soy product,” Evans said. “Dust control seemed like a natural answer.”

DustKill, a soy-based product applied by DustKill East of Paradise, Pa., provides a safe, biodegradable alternative to chemical and petroleum dust suppressants. The product penetrates dirt road surfaces down to an inch deep, binding loose gravel to dust and creating a compacted surface similar in texture to asphalt, with no tracking of the oil. Because soybean oil is not water soluble, like some traditional dust suppressants, it lasts longer and doesn’t run off into ground water. A full-rate DustKill application lasts about a year and effectively holds down dust, improving air quality and reducing sediment and airborne erosion from roads into streams and waterways.

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