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​40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree Attendance Estimated at 45,000

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August, 2019

WALCOTT, IOWA — The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers with 45,000 drivers and their families as well as local residents during the 40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Visitors came from 19 different states and Canada to display their trucks; Arizona, Texas and New York being the farthest states. The Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating truckers, rain or shine, since 1979. “My parents started this event to thank all of the men and women who deliver the goods we need every day,” says Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president. “Everyone here at Iowa 80 is dedicated to serving drivers and we continue to celebrate them.” 

During the three days, guests enjoyed over 150 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest with 76 contestants; a fantastic antique truck display with over 100 vehicles; delicious Iowa pork chop cookout; Trucker Olympics; Carnival Games; and free concerts. A Pet Contest and doughnut wall were added to this year’s features. The Davisson Brothers Band performed Thursday night, Grammy winning group Sawyer Brown had the crowd rockin’ on Friday night and Southern Rock Legends, the Kentucky Headhunters hit the stage on Saturday afternoon. Concerts were made possible by Mobil Delvac, Freightliner Trucks and CAT Scale. Both Thursday night and Friday night included fireworks displays, a truck light show and plenty of fun for the whole family!

“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is and always has been an event about America’s truck drivers. We appreciate the important job they do and we feel it’s important to celebrate the professional driver in a big way,” says Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s vice president of marketing.

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum also celebrated the 100th birthday of two trucks: 1919 International Model F (Bill Moon’s first truck) and 1919 Pierce Arrow. The celebration included birthday cake, refreshments and balloons. 

2019 Super Truck Beauty Contest Winners:

WT: Cabover: WINNER – Matt Schleuger, 1993 Kenworth K100 E

WT: Company Truck – Bobtail: 1st -James Shelley, 2018 Peterbilt – The Patriot; 2nd -Ronnie Hurley, 2020 Kenworth 990 – Frost; 3rd-Harry Jaycox & Amanda Palm, 2019 International LT - Snowflake

WT: Company Truck – Combination: 1st - Pam Cox, 2016 Peterbilt & 2018 Wilson – Pinkie; 2nd -JD Walker, 2020 Western Star & 2018 Hyundai – Unforgotten; 3rd -Michael VanNess, 2018 Peterbilt & 2019 Walker – Nancy Mae

WT: Specialty: WINNER-Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 – End of Watch

Rat Rod – WINNER: Danny Autullo, 1993 Peterbilt 379 - Lawless 

WT: 2019-2016 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Rollie Kruse, 2019 Peterbilt 389; 2nd-Mark Cielke, 2017 Kenworth W900 – Road King; 3rd-Cathy Sherman, 2020 Mack Anthem – Baby Bulldog

WT: 2015-2009 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L – Satisfaction; 2nd-Nick Kaufmann, 2013 Kenworth W900L – Ruby; 

WT: 2008-2002 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Duane & Cindy Anwiler, 2003 Peterbilt 379 – Razzberrys & Chrome; 2nd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B – Pure Attitude; 3rd-Bret Chastain, 2005 Mack CXN 613 – Every Dog Has Its Day

WT: 2001-1995 Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Chris Gornik,– 1999 Kenworth W900 – Mad Max; 2nd-Ken Matuszak, 1997 Marmon PHR 125 – The Last Marmon; 3rd-Randy Yearton, 1997 Kenworth W900L - Pinky

WT: 1994 & Older Bobtail Conventional: 1st-Phil Swanson, 1985 Peterbilt 359; 2rd-Terry Hockaday, 1988 Peterbilt 379; 3rd -Johnny Payton, 1993 Peterbilt 389 

WT: 2019-2014 Combination: 1st-Eva Knelsen, Rodney, 2018 Kenworth W900 – Ken Worth; 2nd-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Great Dane - $$$; 3rd -Jamie Adkins, 2020 Peterbilt & 2020 XL

WT: 2013-2005 Combination: 3rd-Brandon Peachey, 2000 Kenworth W900L & 2015 Eby; 2nd-Michael & Jackie Wallace, 2007 Freightliner Coronado & 2014 Great Dane -Semper Fi; 1st-Shawn Cielke,– 2005 Kenworth T600 & 2017 Wabash – Redneck Low

WT: 2004 & older Combination: 3rd-Gary Jones Jr, 1999 Peterbilt 379 & 2019 Globe – Excessive Behavior II; 2nd-Daniel & Phyllis Snow, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2019 Utility – The Goose; 1st-John & Kim Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2005 Utility – Only Class

Show Class: 3rd-David McKinney, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2019 Reitnouer – Part-Time; 2nd-Ron Baird, Thorntown, IN –Hoffman’s Hot Rod ; 1st-Dan Brubaker, 2003 Peterbilt 379 – Opening Act

Custom Paint – Bobtail: 3rd-Ron Baird, 2000 Peterbilt 379 – Hoffman’s Hot Rod; 2nd-Dan Brubaker, 2003 Peterbilt 379 – Opening Act; 1st-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind

Custom Paint - TT Combination: 3rd -Gary Jones Jr, Peterbilt 379 & 2019 Globe – Excessive Behavior II; 2nd-David McKinney, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2019 Reitnouer – Part-Time; 1st-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Great Dane - $$$

Custom Graphics – Bobtail: 1st-Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 – End of Watch; 2nd-James Shelley, 2018 Peterbilt – The Patriot; 3rd-Ronnie Hurley, 2020 Kenworth 990 – Frost

Custom Graphics - TT Combination: 1st-Keith Williams, 2018 Volvo VN760 & 2018 Utility – USA; 2nd-Raymond Taulbee, 2019 Volvo 760 & 2019 Utility – Betsy; 3rd-Eva Knelsen, 2018 Kenworth W900 – Ken Worth

Polish & Detail- Bobtail: 1st-Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L – Satisfaction; 2nd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B – Pure Attitude; 3rd-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind

Polish & Detail – TT Combination: 1st-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Great Dane - $$$; 2nd-John & Kim Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2005 Utility – Only Class; 3rd=-Daniel & Phyllis Snow, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2019 Utility – The Goose

Interior - OEM Sleeper – Bobtail: 1st-Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 – End of Watch; 2nd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B – Pure Attitude; 3rd-Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L - Satisfaction

Interior - OEM Sleeper – TT Combination: 1st-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Great Dane - $$$; 2nd-Shawn Cielke, 2005 Kenworth T600 & 2017 Wabash – Redneck Low; 3rd-John & Kim Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2005 Utility – Only Class

Interior - OEM Conversion Sleeper: 1st-Chris Gornik, 1999 Kenworth W900 – Mad Max; 2nd-Ron Baird, 2000 Peterbilt 379 – Hoffman’s Hot Rod ; 3rd-James Shelley, 2018 Peterbilt – The Patriot

Interior - Custom Sleeper: 1st-Daniel & Phyllis Snow, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2019 Utility – The Goose; 2nd-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind; 3rd-Michael & Jackie Wallace,– 2007 Freightliner Coronado & 2014 Great Dane-Semper Fi

Lights at Night – Bobtail - Road Legal: 1st-Dan Brubaker, 2003 Peterbilt 379 – Opening Act; 2nd-Rob Homan, 1983 Peterbilt 359; 3rd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B – Pure Attitude

Lights at Night – Bobtail - Show Only : 1st-James Shelley, 2018 Peterbilt – The Patriot; 2nd-Ron Baird, 2000 Peterbilt 379 – Hoffman’s Hot Rod ; 3rd-Danny Autullo, 1993 Peterbilt 379 - Lawless 

Lights at Night – TT Combination – Road Legal: 1st-Mike Sercombe, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2019 XL; 2nd-Shawn Cielke, 2005 Kenworth T600 & 2017 Wabash – Redneck Low; 3rd-Jay Blackbourn, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2018 MAC LTT – Haulin’ A

Lights at Night – TT Combination – Show Only: 1st-Gary Jones Jr, 1999 Peterbilt 379 & 2019 Globe – Excessive Behavior II; 2nd-Michael & Jackie Wallace,– 2007 Freightliner Coronado & 2014 Great Dane-Semper Fi; 3rd-Dave Schroyer, 2013 Peterbilt 389 & 2013 Landoll

Lights at Night – Specialty: WINNER -Jake Robak, Long Praire, MN – 2006 Peterbilt 379 – End of Watch

Best Overall Theme: WINNER-Keith Williams, 2018 Volvo VN760 & 2018 Utility - USA

Trucker’s Choice: WINNER-Dan Brubaker, 2003 Peterbilt 379 – Opening Act

 Captions:

Jamie Adkins’ 2020 Peterbilt basks in the sun at the 40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree.- Photo by Dan Pollock –

Rollie Kruse’s stunning 2019 Peterbilt. - photo courtesy of Iowa 80 Group -

Sleek beauty! “Excessive Behavior” - Gary & Devery Jones’ 1999 Peterbilt 379 and Globe Lowboy trailer. - photo by Dan Pollock -


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