The Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop began Thursday, July 14, in Walcott, IA, and runs through Friday, July 15. Since its inception in 1979, the Truckers Jamboree in Walcott, IA, has been celebrating America’s truckers. When you get off I-80 on Exit 284 and pull into the Iowa 80 Truck Stop, you have no doubt in your mind that this is driver appreciation at its finest.
Normally this event guarantees days hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement – but the forecast this year is for scattered thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday. The weatherman is calling for a high of 81 degrees on Thursday, high of 88 degrees on Friday.
This year, the schedule of events includes an antique display, Super Truck beauty contest, Iowa pork chop cookout, carnival games, trucker olympics, fireworks, more than 175 exhibits and live country music.
OOIDA plans to be on hand with staffers from the Association’s Missouri headquarters. The OOIDA tour truck will also be at the Jamboree, along with OOIDA Board Member Miles Verhoef. Country artist and OOIDA Member Leland Martin will be autographing his new CD at the Spirit truck.
OOIDA Senior Member Jon Osburn will be at Walcott with the MeRV. The MeRV is owned and operated by Boardman Medical Supply. At the MeRV, drivers can get a free “wellness check.” This includes a reading of pulse, respiration, O2 concentration and blood pressure, along with discussion of driver’s needs, history and health concerns.
Osburn can also refer drivers to a doctor, dentist, chiropractor or other medical providers if requested. The MeRV also offers free CPAP and APAP cleaning. Other services available include an A1C test for $25, a fecal occult blood test for $40, plus sleep apnea testing. The test is $399, and if you are an OOIDA member, there’s a $100 discount.
The Moon family, owners of the I-80 Group, say the Walcott Jamboree is their way of saying “thank you to the millions of truck drivers that deliver the goods we consume. Whether it’s groceries, gas, clothes or cars – you can bet it was delivered by a truck.”
The Iowa 80 TA Truckstop is part of the Iowa 80 Group that also owns Joplin 44 Petro, Joplin, MO; Oak Grove 70 Petro, Oak Grove, MO; and the Kenly 95 Petro, Kenly, NC.