Walcott Truckers Jamboree begins Thursday at Iowa 80 Truckstop

| 7/8/2008

For the 29th year in a row truckers are preparing for the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, set for Thursday and Friday, July 10-11, at the Iowa 80 Truckstop.

The event is scheduled to include more than 200 exhibits; a truck beauty contest, an antique truck display; an Iowa pork chop cookout; the “Trucker’s Best Friend Pet Contest;” trucker Olympics, carnival games, live bands and fireworks.

The truck stop is on Interstate 80 at Exit 284. Admission and parking are free for the jamboree. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area.

During this year’s event, the Iowa 80 Truckstop will be celebrating the completion of the new Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Visitor’s Center. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

“We are very excited about the museum expansion. The addition of the Visitor’s Center includes a welcoming entrance, more exhibit space, a movie theater and restrooms,” said Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president.

The Walcott Truckers Jamboree began in 1979, featuring a few exhibits, live music, food and a small display of antique trucks. That first Jamboree attracted only a few hundred drivers, a far cry from the 30,000 it attracts today.

“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to drivers for the work they do to deliver the goods we need. It is also a great opportunity for those interested in trucks and trucking to get a close-up look at some of the most fantastic trucks,” Meier said in a press release.