"A Convoy Of Smiles At The 24th Annual Mother’s Day Make-A-Wish Truck Show"
by Robert Conrad
The 24th Annual Mother's Day Make-A-Wish Convoy & Truck Show took place on May 12, 2013, at Burle Industries in Lancaster, PA. This long- running event draws a big crowd every year and the 2013 version was no exception with close to 350 trucks participating in the convoy.
The Lancaster area is the home of some of the largest rides in the country and they came out in force to support Make-A-Wish and put smiles on the faces of the Make-A-Wish children who got to ride in the trucks for the convoy. Trucks started rolling in before the sun came up and Burle Industries' parking lot filled up fast. There was plenty to see and do both before and after the convoy. Truckers and their families got to visit with their fellow drivers and check out row after row of shined-up working show trucks. The little ones in the crowd formed an all day line at the moon bounce and played a number of games as well. A visit from a number of themed mascots and the strolling Make-A-Wish clowns had all of the kids smiling from ear to ear. There was also a live auction with a wide variety of items available to the highest bidders and the live band put on quite a show with everything from country classics to truckin' favorites. All this non-stop action left spectators and participants with quite an appetite and the assorted foods & drinks on hand were the answer, including the popular barbequed chicken dinners being served up by volunteers.
People started getting their lawn chairs set up for the much-anticipated convoy around mid-morning and the trucks left the parking lot around 1:30 with rows of smiling spectators cheering them on. It was quite an impressive sight to see over 300 trucks rolling out in unison with both the drivers and the Make-A-Wish kids on board waving and smiling to the cheering crowd as they went by.
This event has raised a great deal of money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation over the years and the 2013 version added to the total. A big round of applause goes out to all of the participants, volunteers, and especially the Make-A-Wish Foundation for putting smiles on the faces of seriously ill children for all of these years. The work that they do is priceless.
Make plans for Mother's Day 2014 for the 25th edition of the convoy. All of the Moms in the crowd at this year's event went home happy, so be sure to bring Mom along in 2014, to decide who has more fun at the convoy - the truckers doing the driving or the kids riding along with them. Either way, this is one event that brings a smile to everyone's face each year!