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October, 2018

WALCOTT, IOWA … The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers in mid-July with 42,812 drivers and their families as well as local residents during the 39th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Visitors came from 22 different states and one Canadian province to display their trucks. The Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating truckers, rain or shine, since 1979. “The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is our chance to thank all of the men and women who deliver the good we need every day. My family and all of the Iowa 80 Team are proud to be able to serve them since 1964.,” stated Delia Moon Meier.

During the three days, guests enjoyed over 150 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest with 91 contestants; a fantastic antique truck display with over 170 vehicles; delicious Iowa pork chop cookout; Trucker Olympics; Carnival Games; and free concerts. Logan Mize performed Thursday night, courtesy of CAT Scale. Southern Rock Legends, the Kentucky Headhunters hit the stage on Friday night to a crowd of thousands; presented by Mobil Delvac. Both Thursday night and Friday night included fireworks displays, a truck light show and plenty of fun for the whole family!

Saturday afternoon Eric Chesser entertained the crowd; just prior to the Super Truck Beauty Contest awards ceremony and Antique Truck Plaque presentation.

“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree celebrates America’s truck drivers,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s marketing director. “We are fortunate to be able to hold such an event that not only honors truck drivers and the trucking industry, but also showcases trucking in a positive light to the general public.”

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum also celebrated the 100th birthday of its 1918 Independent truck (made right in downtown Davenport) last week during the Walcott Truckers Jamboree with birthday cake and balloons at the museum. 

Next year’s 40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree will be held July 11-13, 2019.

2018 Walcott Truckers Jamboree Super Truck Beauty Contest Winners List:

WT: Cabover: WINNER - Matt Schleuger, 1993 Kenworth K100E – Not Daddy’s Money

WT: Company Truck: Bobtail: 1st -Justin Nordorft, 2017 Peterbilt 389;

2nd -Harry Jaycos & Amanda Palm, 2017 Freightliner Cascadia ; 3rd-Chuck Young, 2000 Freightliner Classic – Asphalt Cowboy

WT: Company Truck – Combination: 1st - Jason Moore, 2017 Kenworth W900 & 2018 Wilson; 2nd -Zach Pletcher, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2015 MAC – Simply Red; 3rd -Michael VanNess, 2018 Peterbilt 567 & 2018 Walker

WT: Specialty: 1st -Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – End of Watch; 2nd -Randy Manning, 2018 Kenworth W900L Dump Truck – Beast of Burden; 3rd-Kenneth Jansen, 2007 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – Strapped For Cash

WT: 2018-2015 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Darren Pepper, 2018 Peterbilt 389 – Sharp Dressed Man; 2nd-Jonathon Laster, 2018 Peterbilt 389 – Heavy Hitter; 3rd-Nick Como, 2016 Peterbilt 389 – Mad Dog

WT: 2014-2008 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L – Satisfaction; 2nd-Robert Barnette, 2011 International Pro Star – Fat Boy Boogie; 3rd-Ralph Peer, 2014 Peterbilt 386 – Stylin’ N Profilin’

WT: 2007-2001 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Duane Anwiler, 2003 Peterbilt 379 – “Razzberrys & Chrome”; 2nd-Larry Pruitt, 2007 Mack – Bustin’ Out; 3rd-Brett Chastain, 2005 Mack – Every Dog Has Its Day

WT: 2000-1994 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Dusty Weinreis, 1995 Peterbilt 379 – Bad Habit; 2nd-Randy Huddleston, 1995 Freightliner Classic XL – Aged to Perfection; 3rd-Donald Bates, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL – Rebel Soul

WT: 1993 & Older Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind; 2rd-Kenneth Liddle, 1985 Peterbilt 359 – Class of ‘85 ; 3rd-Austin Jaeger, 1986 Peterbilt 359 - Tina

WT: 2018-2013 Combination: 1st-Brian Pete, 2015 Peterbilt 386 & 2016 MAC; 2nd-Jay Blackbourn, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2018 MAC – Haulin’ A; 3rd-Teryle Anderson, 2018 Peterbilt 579 & 2018 Extreme – Hard Times

WT: 2012-2004 Combination: 1st-Brent Cross, 2004 Kenworth T800 & 2010 Utility; 2nd -Rob Thomas, 2007 Peterbilt 379 & 2013 Cottrell; 3rd-Steve Brubaker, 2012 Peterbilt 389 & 2014 Great Dane

WT: 2003 & Older Combination: 1st-Daniel & Phyllis Snow, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2006 Utility – The Goose; 2nd-John Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2006 Utility – Only Class; 3rd -Glenn Ragels, 1986 Peterbilt 359 & 2016 Kentucky – Tom Cat

Show Class: 1st-Lynn Ragels, 1995 Peterbilt 379 – Rock Bottom; 2nd-David Buck, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia – American; 3rd-Harvey Zuidema, 1957 Divco 13 – Milk Truck

Custom Paint – Bobtail: 1st -Darren Pepper, 2018 Peterbilt 389 – Sharp Dressed Man; 2nd-Jerry Hockaday, 1985 Peterbilt; 3rd-John Juett,– 2018 Peterbilt 389

Custom Paint - TT Combination: 1st-Jay Blackbourn, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2018 MAC – Haulin’ A; 2nd-Terry Aslinger, 1996 Peterbilt 379 & 2018 Sun Country – Old Glory; 3rd-Joshua Reed, 2015 Kenworth W900L & 2015 MAC – On a Budget

Custom Graphics – Bobtail: 1st-Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – End of Watch; 2nd -David Buck, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia – American; 3rd-Robert Barnette, 2011 International Pro Star – Fat Boy Boogie

Custom Graphics - TT Combination: 1st-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$; 2nd-Teryle Anderson, 2018 Peterbilt 579 & 2018 Extreme – Hard Times; 3rd-Brian Pete, 2015 Peterbilt 386 & 2016 MAC

Polish & Detail - Bobtail: 1st-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B – Pure Attitude; 2nd-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind;

3rd-Dusty Weinreis, 1995 Peterbilt 379 – Bad Habit

Polish & Detail – TT Combination: 1st-Jay Blackbourn, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2018 MAC – Haulin’ A; 2nd Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$; 3rd-Jason Moore, 2017 Kenworth W900 & 2018 Wilson

Interior - OEM Sleeper – Bobtail: 1st-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B – Pure Attitude; 2nd Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L – Satisfaction; 3rd-Chris Hammen, 2014 Peterbilt 389

Interior - OEM Sleeper – TT Combination: 1st-Jason Moore, 2017 Kenworth W900 & 2018 Wilson; 2nd Jay Blackbourn, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2018 MAC – Haulin’ A; 3rd-John Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2006 Utility – Only Class

Interior - OEM Conversion Sleeper: 1st-Terry 1996 Peterbilt 379 & 2018 Sun Country – Old Glory; 2nd-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind; 3rd-Donald Bates, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL – Rebel Soul

Interior - Custom Sleeper: 1st -Daniel & Phyllis Snow, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2006 Utility – The Goose; 2nd-Duane Anwiler, 2003 Peterbilt 379 – “Razzberrys & Chrome”; 3rd -Glenn Ragels, 1986 Peterbilt 359 & 2016 Kentucky – Tom Cat

Lights at Night – Bobtail - Road Legal: 1st-Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L – Satisfaction; 2nd-John Juett,– 2018 Peterbilt 389; 3rd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B – Pure Attitude

Lights at Night – Bobtail - Show Only: 1st-Donald Bates2000 Freightliner Classic XL – Rebel Soul; 2nd-James Shelley, 2018 Peterbilt 389 – The Outlaw; 3rd -Shawn & Kimberly Walston, 2014 Kenworth T660 - Reflection

Lights at Night – TT Combination – Road Legal: 1st-John Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2006 Utility – Only Class; 2nd-Jay Blackbourn, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2018 MAC – Haulin’ A; 3rd-Johnathan Challender, 1997 Peterbilt 377 & 2007 Vanguard

Lights at Night – TT Combination – Show Only: 1st-Brian Pete, 2015 Peterbilt 386 & 2016 MAC; 2nd-Dave Schroyer, 2013 Peterbilt 389 & 2013 Landoll; 3rd-Cory Molzahn, 1997 Peterbilt 379 & 2007 Reitnouer – Heavy Metal

Lights at Night – Specialty: 1st -Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – End of Watch; 2nd-Kenneth Jansen, 2007 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – Strapped For Cash; 3rd Randy Manning, 2018 Kenworth W900L Dump Truck – Beast of Burden

Best Overall Theme: WINNER-Terry Aslinger, 1996 Peterbilt 379 & 2018 Sun Country – Old Glory

Trucker’s Choice: WINNER -John Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2006 Utility – Only Class

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(Photo Credit Dan Pollock)