Wednesday, July 20, 2016

37th Walcott Truckers Jamboree a success

The 37th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree had an attendance of more than 43,000 during the three-day event last week at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop. (Courtesy of Iowa 80 Group)
Owners of the Iowa 80 Truck Stop wanted to say ‘thank you’ once again to truck drivers across the nation. In return, an announced attendance of 43,233 truck drivers and their families showed up for the 37th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

Visitors traveled from 23 states and Canada to display their trucks, to listen to live music, and to celebrate the trucking industry last week in Walcott, Iowa.

“My family has been serving the trucking industry for 52 years,” said Delia Moon Meier, an owner and senior vice president of the Iowa 80 Group. “We appreciate the hard work drivers do. The Jamboree is our way to say thank you. It is also an event that allows us to promote trucking to the general public.”

During the three-day event, guests had the opportunity to enjoy more than 150 exhibits, a Super Truck Beauty Contest, an antique truck display with more than 150 vehicles, an Iowa pork chop cookout, a Trucker Olympics, a carnival, fireworks displays, truck light shows and free concerts by Sammy Kershaw, Lindsay Lawler and Clare Dunn.

The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum also celebrated the 100th birthday of its 1916 Mack AC with birthday cake and balloons.

“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is a celebration of everything trucking,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truck Stop’s marketing director. “Everything we have comes on a truck. The Jamboree gives us an opportunity to say a big thank you to the professional drivers who deliver those goods.”

Terry Aslingler, of Marquand, Mo., earned top honors in the Super Truck Beauty Contest’s cabover division. Other winners included Jay Blackbourn, of Fennimore, Wisc., in bobtail; Michael Van Ness, of Danville, Ill., in combination; and Michael Coyne, of Fond du Lac, Wisc., for best specialty truck.

The next Walcott Truckers Jamboree is slated for July 13-15, 2017.