According to the Facebook page for Iowa 80, aka “The World’s Largest Truckstop,” trucks are already on the scene, preparing for the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. The show officially begins on Thursday, July 11, and runs for three days this year, ending on Saturday, July 13.
This event began in 1979 and has grown bigger and better every year since. The Jamboree is a celebration of all things trucking and features a truck beauty contest, antique trucks, carnival games, a pork chop cookout and a whole lot more.
The weather forecast – normally super hot – is for the next couple of days to be mostly sunny and mid-80s, lower 60s in the evening.
It’s a good thing they added the extra day so visitors can try to take in everything this party has to offer, like trucker Olympics, more than 175 exhibitors, and fireworks displays on Thursday and Friday night.
Catch singer/songwriter Lindsay Lawler live in concert on Thursday night, courtesy of CAT Scale. Mobil Delvac brings Southern rock-and-country band Blackberry Smoke to the stage on Friday night.
Don’t miss the 100th birthday party for the 1913 Rambler Friday afternoon at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.
OOIDA’s Jon Osburn and “The Spirit of the American Trucker” tour truck will be on the scene. Visit Jon aboard The Spirit for a $20 discount when you join or renew your OOIDA membership.
Admission and parking are free. Find details at iowa80truckstop.com or call 563-284-6961.