Full schedule of fun begins Thursday at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree

| 7/9/2008

Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10, the 29th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree promises something for everyone – from a truck beauty contest and a pet contest to a pork chop cookout and fireworks.

For a complete schedule of events, click here. The event runs Thursday and Friday, July 10-11, at the Iowa 80 Truckstop. Take Exit 284 on Interstate 80. Admission and parking are free, and a shuttle service is available to take you from the parking area straight to the fun stuff.

The event is scheduled to include more than 200 exhibits; an antique truck display; trucker Olympics, carnival games, live bands and fireworks.

A blood drive is set from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and is sponsored by Natso Inc..

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.