By David Tanner
For the past 20 years, the small Canadian town of Fergus has welcomed a truck show of growing proportions. If 2005 was any indication, this year’s show will be huge.
Organizers say the 21st Annual Fergus Truck Show this month is poised to break last year’s record of 54,000 people, which is more than five times the local population.
Show weekend is Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23, at the Fergus & District Community Center, 550 Belsyde Ave., Fergus, Ontario, Canada. Belsyde Avenue is also known as County Road 18 on a regional map.
“We are kind of like four shows in one,” Mardi Billings, administrative assistant for the show, told Land Line. “We have the truck pull, the music, the trade show and the show and shine.”
The 2005 show attracted 630 trucks to the show and shine, 241 trade show vendors displaying their products and 183 competitors in the truck pull. Billings said a new company, USA Pulling, should expand the truck pull significantly.
Musical entertainment for the weekend includes four bands Friday night, featuring The Wilkinsons. Settlers Creek and Moonshine are on the bill Saturday, and “Music in the Park,” featuring Beverley Mahood and Lace, is set for Sunday. Four bands will also play on Saturday afternoon.
Other event highlights include a tractor pull, a Saturday barbecue, Sunday church service and Sunday breakfast buffet.
Gates open to the general public at noon Friday. Pull competitors and show-truck contestants can begin registering Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Admission for adults is $20 for a one-day pass and $45 for a weekend pass. Seniors admission is $10 per day or $25 for the weekend.
For more information about the Fergus Truck Show, visit www.fergustruckshow.com or call 1-866-526-7379.