OOIDA trucking show: Fun stuff around every corner

| 10/3/2013

Along with scheduled events and concerts, there’s so much more to OOIDA’s 40th birthday bash coming up Oct. 18-19 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Not only does the show celebrate the Association’s role as advocates for professional truckers, but there’s also family fun and entertainment around every corner all day and into the evening.

Here’s a quick rundown.

The Health & Wellness Pavilion, which is sponsored by OneBeacon America Insurance Co., is a must-stop for flu shots, free blood work, glucose checks, free hearing checks and blood pressure checks. Learn more about sleep apnea, and if you have a CPAP, get free cleaning and servicing. Oral cancer screening is available, along with vision tests and much more. OOIDA’s Medical Benefits staff will be on hand to discuss benefits and services available to members, including the new OOIDA Healthcare Exchange.

The Health Walk is hosted by Trucking Solutions Group and sponsored by OOIDA Medical Benefits Group and Inter-Americas Insurance Corp. Sign up for the 1.5-mile walk into the grandstand area on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

OOIDA launched a proactive campaign on safety this past summer that mainly focused on training standards, but that also supports the need to teach the motoring public how to drive safely around trucks. Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Motor Carrier Association will provide safety demonstrations and brake tests at the Truckers for Safety area. The patrol will also have a rollover simulator. Kansas Motor Carriers Association will present “touch a truck” and a blind zone demonstration.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro will be a guest speaker on Friday as well as help present OOIDA’s Safe Driver Awards.

OOIDA Life Member Ron Mermis will be there with a drunk-driving simulator, too.

Truck Beauty Contest: You’ll have no problem finding the trucking eye candy; just follow the sounds of the “oohs” and “ahhhs.” See more about the contest in the show program.

On Saturday you’ll find a special area called the Kids Zone for kids of all ages featuring inflatable obstacle courses, a bounce house and other carnival games (face painting, duck pond, beanbag toss). Tickets are 75 cents or 30 tickets for $20. Look for the Kids Zone near the main entrance.

The Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up a Pet Oasis where you can have your picture taken with your pet for the “Pet and Owner Look-Alike Contest.” We are taking pics all day Friday and on Saturday morning. Voting is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Show coordinators will be announcing competitions for all on Friday and Saturday, including intense contests in Lugnut Toss, Creeper Pull, Conventional Concentration and Trucking Trivia. Cabela’s has set up their BB gun range that everyone can enjoy. Look for the fun in the area north of the show entrance.

Don’t miss the Texting Treasure Hunt. Vendors are divided into six groups. Visit two vendors per group and get their secret codes, text it into the Texting Treasure Hunt number, and win prizes. Grand prize is $500.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience will be in attendance at the Kansas Speedway during the Heart of America Show. If you are interested, call 800-237-3889. Neither the Heart of America show nor OOIDA is affiliated with RPDE. Participation is at your risk. The show will have shuttles for those who participate or just want to watch.

Also, check out the quilt raffle at the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Booth and the neat items on sale at OOIDA’s Cheap Freight store.

History lovers, there’ll be dozens of antique trucks at the American Truck Historical Society display.