UPDATE: World’s Largest Truck Convoy 2011

| 8/1/2011

Truckers gathered at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office in West Monroe, LA, on Saturday, July 30, for the second official convoy to roll for Special Olympics. The first was in Idaho in June.

Louisiana Convoy Coordinator Deborah Orser said the kids had a blast. Between 30 and 40 Special Olympics athletes came out to meet the truckers, enjoy great food and have a dance contest. The convoy had 14 trucks and raised $2,740. Photos from the event are available on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, more World’s Largest Truck Convoys are getting ready to roll to benefit Special Olympics. The 2011 convoys take place on Sept. 17 in most areas, although some have designated other dates. Here’s a roundup of dates, locations and contact info for the upcoming events. As the dates of the convoys draw closer, Land Line will have additional information on locations and contacts.

Sept. 10
Mitten Truck Stop in Oakley
Wilken’s Truck and Trailer in Goodland
Contact: Joe Mentlick at 785-443-1682
Special Olympics Kansas

Sept. 17 convoys:
Contact: Shelly Yielding at 501-771-0222
Special Olympics Arkansas

Westgate in Glendale
Contact: Ruth Sanchez at 602-324-5669
Special Olympics Arizona

Oak Bluff Recreation Centre
Contact: Terry Hopkinson at 204-771-8891
Special Olympics Manitoba

I-State Truck Center at 4600 S. Frontage Rd. in Billings
Contact: Sheryl Shockley at 406-855-3790
Special Olympics Montana    

Smith Softball Complex in Hastings
Contact: Katie Ryan at kryan@sone.org
Special Olympics Nebraska

North Carolina
Charlotte: Verizon Amphitheater
Raleigh: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Contact: Dot Kohlbach at 919-818-5609
Special Olympics North Carolina

Ontario, Canada
Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Ontario
Contact: Tammy Blackwell at 519-577-2556
Special Olympics Ontario

Saskatchewan, Canada
Contact: Roger Dumont at 888-307-6226, ext. 2
Special Olympics Saskatchewan

Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield off Hwy. 41 at Exit 60
Contact: Julie Buedding at 608-442-5668
Special Olympics Wisconsin

Park-n-Ride lot near Warren AFB in Cheyenne
Contact: Erin Gamroth at 800-735-8345
Special Olympics Wyoming

Sept. 24 convoys:
Highway 5, Exit 101 in West Des Moines
Contact: Jeanette Steinfeldt at 515-986-5520
Special Olympics Iowa

North Dakota
Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo
Contact: Kathy Meagher at 701-746-0331
Special Olympics North Dakota

South Dakota
W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls
Contact: Todd Bradwisch at 605-331-4117
Special Olympics South Dakota

Oct. 1 convoys:
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park
Contact: Matt Johnson at 800-394-0562
Special Olympics Illinois

National Sports Center in Blaine
Contact: Kathy Karkula at 612-604-1272
Special Olympics Minnesota

Joplin: 4 State Trucks
Contact: Crystal Chalk at 417-624-5505
Special Olympics Missouri (Joplin)

Tacoma Dome in Tacoma
Contact: Mary Do at 206-362-4949
Special Olympics Washington

Oct. 15 convoys:
Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington
Contact: Lisa Smith at 302-831-3482
Special Olympics Delaware

South Carolina
Contact: Deborah Jacobs at 803-772-1555, ext. 301
Special Olympics South Carolina