Special Olympics convoys and a parade of lights rolling this weekend

| 9/13/2011

A number of notable events are on the calendar for this weekend and the next few months.

The Bill Hudgins and Wilda Dodson “Parade of Lights” across the Mackinac Bridge is always a favorite at the Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show, which begins Sept. 16 and runs through Sept. 18. This National Association of Show Trucks’ event is taking place in St. Ignace, MI, and admission is free. For more information, visit nostalgia-prod.com or call 906-643-8087.

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics is taking place in most regions Sept.17. For more information, visit resources.specialolympics.org/convoy_contacts.aspx. A list of convoy details by state is available here. Stay tuned to landlinemag.com for updates.

Zoom over to the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA, Sept. 25 for the Truckin’ for Kids Truck Drags & Show & Shine. The event is a charity benefit featuring show trucks, drag races and more. For additional information, visit truckinforkids.org or call 208-448-2811.

Truckers are innocent until proven guilty … Guilty By Association Truck Show & Customer Expo, that is. This is a low-stress event hosted by 4 State Trucks, home of the Chrome Shop Mafia in Joplin, MO, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. For more information, visit chromeshopmafia.com or call 417-624-2900.

Besides battling breast cancer, this year’s Ontario East Convoy for a Cure event will be raising money to fight three other types of “killer cancers.” This is the fourth year for Rachèle Champagne’s convoy, which is set to roll on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Alberta, Canada’s third Convoy for a Cure will roll Oct. 1 from the Roadking Travel Center in Sherwood Park. Truckers are convoying to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit albertaconvoyforacure.ca.

Sept. 30-Oct.2 is the date for the Bobby Lindamood Memorial Truck Show in Ft. Worth, TX. This is the third year for this NAST event, memorializing Lindamood, who was the owner of Lindamood Demolition. For more information, visit nastshowtrucks.org or call Bo Trout at 734-323-3397 or Jake Lindamood at 214-384-0802.

Don’t put away those polish rags yet. The Charlotte Diesel Super Show takes over the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, Oct. 7-8. In addition to the Pride & Polish competition and the truck drags, music legend Charlie Daniels will be performing Friday night. For more information, visit dieselsupershow.com or call 888-349-4287.

Convoy for a Cure – Ontario, West, is rolling at the 5th Wheel Truck Stop in Dorchester, Ontario, Oct. 15. Proceeds will benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit convoyforacureontwest.com or call Joanne MacKenzie at 613-498-9064.

The first ever Truck Driver Social Media Convention will take place Oct. 15 at the Gold Strike Resort and Casino in Tunica, MS. Participants will enjoy meals, entertainment, speakers and discussions about industry issues during the convention. For more information, visit truckingsocialmedia.com or call 352-505-8162.

OOIDA Life Member Cindy Stowe is once again hosting the Convoy for a Cure USA. Note: The event has been moved to Carl's Corner Petro, I-35E, exit 374, near Hillsboro, TX. The new date is Oct. 29. Join her to help raise money for BreastCancer.org. For more information, send an email to cindystowe@ymail.com or call 903-288-0374.

Get some sun at the Meca South Florida Truck Show, Nov. 4-6 in Miami, FL. This is a NAST event that is sure to feature lots of chrome. For more information, visit nastshowtrucks.org or call Eric Garcia at 305-884-2028.