Thousands Attend Walcott Truckers Jamboree
The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers last week in a big way with The 34th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Held July 11-13, the event hosted nearly 40,000 drivers and their families as well as local residents. Visitors came from 19 different states and Canada to display their trucks.
During the three days, guests enjoyed over 175 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest with 58 contestants; a fantastic antique truck display with over 150 vehicles; delicious Iowa pork chop cookout; Trucker Olympics; Carnival Games; and music all three days. An energetic concert by Nashville singer/songwriter and Truckload Carriers’ Highway Angel Spokesperson Lindsay Lawler, courtesy of CAT Scale, kept folks tappin’ their feet on Thursday night. Friday night Mobil Delvac presented Blackberry Smoke in concert to a crowd of thousands. Both Thursday night and Friday night included fireworks displays, a truck light show and loads of fun!
“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is a celebration of trucking,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s marketing director. “It is how we say thank you to the thousands of men and women who work hard to deliver the goods we need. The Jamboree is also a good opportunity for us to showcase the trucking industry to the general public.”
The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum hosted a party of its own on July 12th to celebrate the 100th birthday of its 1913 Rambler Truck in the museum’s collection. “This Rambler was a plumber’s truck and had been used locally for years. When we purchased it the truck needed a lot of work done. Once we were able to get the truck running the original owner’s son came out and were able to give him a ride in it.” said Dave Meier, museum curator. “He told us stories about how he used to help his dad on plumbing jobs back in the 1920s.” Hundreds joined in the celebration that included a birthday cake and balloons.
The Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating truckers, rain or shine, since 1979. “We hope the Walcott Truckers Jamboree is an event that encourages drivers to celebrate the important job they do. We certainly appreciate the professional driver and this is the perfect chance for us to say thank you,” says Delia Moon Meier, Iowa 80 Truckstop Senior Vice President.
Next year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 10-12, 2014 and also marks the 50th Anniversary of Iowa 80 Truckstop.
2013 Walcott Truckers Jamboree Super Beauty Truck Contest Winners List:
WT: Cabover: 2nd-Robert Poteet,1993 Peterbilt 362; 1st-Chris Gornik,1988 Ford CL9000
WT: Company Truck: WINNER: Michael VanNess, 2013 Peterbilt 386
WT: 2013-2010 Bobtail Conventional: 3rd-Dan Brown, 2012 Peterbilt – Limelight; 2nd-Rollie Kruse, 2013 Freightliner Coronado; 1st-Rodger Nelson, 2013 Peterbilt 389
WT: 2009-2003 Bobtail Conventional: 3rd-Larry Pruitt, 2007 Mack – Bustin’ Out; 2nd-David Foster, 2005 Kenworth W900L Studio; 1st-Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L - Satisfaction
WT: 2002-1996 Bobtail Conventional: 3rd-Robert Errthum, 2002 Peterbilt 379, 2nd-Chad Robertson, 1996 Kenworth W900L – Barely Getting ;1st-Brent Cross, 2000 Kenworth W900L - Tantalized
WT: 1995-1988 Bobtail Conventional: 3rd Laird “Spike” Fuller, 1995 Peterbilt Ext. Hood – Ya Wanna; 2nd-Joel Dawes1988 Peterbilt 279 – Family Tradition; 1st-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One Of A Kind
WT: 1987 & Older Bobtail Conventional: 3rd-Mike Harbison, 1986 Mack – Super Mutt; 2nd-Dan Brubaker, 1986 blue & white Peterbilt; 1st-Dave Friend, 1986 Peterbilt 359 – 4 Sale
WT: 2013-2008 Combination: 3rd-Nate Fetters, 2012 Kenworth T660 & 2014 Wilson trailer; 2nd-Dave Schroyer, 2013 Peterbilt 389 & 2013 Landoll trailer; 1st-Zach Pletcher, 2012 Kenworth T800 & 2013 Mac – They Call Me The Breeze
WT: 2007-1999 Combination: 3rd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B & 2010 Retinour – Pure Attitude; 2nd-Chris Jones, 2007 Kenworth W900L & 2011 Retinour; 1st-Josh Hainstock, 2005 green & black Peterbilt 379 & 2011 East
WT: 1998 & older Combination: 3rd-Wesley Wulff, 1993 Peterbilt 379 & 1997 Dorsey – Never Settle; 2nd-Kenneth Fisher, 1997 Mocha Pearl Peterbilt 379 & 2007 East;1st-Paul Rissler, 1996 Peterbilt 379 & 2008 Great Dane - Risslerbilt
Show Class: WINNER:Tim Middaugh, 1965 Peterbilt 351 – Helt Up
Custom Paint (Bobtail): 3rd-Joel Dawes, 1988 Peterbilt 279 – Family Tradition ; 2nd-Chad Robertson, 1996 W900L – Barely Getting By; 1st-Laird “Spike” Fuller, 1995 Peterbilt Ext. Hood – Ya Wanna
Custom Paint (TT Combination): 3rd-Josh Hainstock, 2005 green & black Peterbilt 379 & 2011 East; 2nd-Kris Abbott, 1996 Kenworth W900L & 2004 Dorsey – Wicked Feeling; 1st-Kenneth Fisher1997 Mocha Pearl Peterbilt 379 & 2007 East
Custom Graphics (Bobtail): 3rd-Larry Pruitt, 2007 Mack – Bustin’ Out; 2nd-Michael VanNess, 2013 Peterbilt 386; 1st-Chuck Ceccacci, 2013 orange Freightliner Cascadia
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