Truckin' for Kids scheduled for Oct. 4-5 in Irwindale, Calif.

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 9/25/2014

The Truckin’ for Kids Show and Drags is slated for Oct. 4-5 at the Irwindale Event Center in Irwindale, Calif. Proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Colton Chapter.

Saturday night, Oct. 4, will kick things off with a light show. Spectators can marvel at a stunning glow illuminating the parking lot of the events center.

Sunday, Oct. 5, will feature the competitions: Show & Shine and drag racing. Judging for the Show & Shine will last from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. Best of Show, Best Art Details/Graphics and Best Engine are some of the awards to be handed out. Truckers will also compete for Longest Tow, People’s Choice award, Sponsor’s Choice award and the Ugliest Truck.

“It started when I was doing the World’s Greatest Working Truck Show in the ’80s in Anaheim,” show organizer and OOIDA Life Member Frank Pangburn explained to Land Line about the Ugliest Truck award. “It got very popular. The fleet guys would bring out the ugliest, old piece of junk you could find. It was always kind of an honor. It’s been very popular for a good 25 years.”

The drag races will include junior, pickup and semi divisions in a bracket competition. The super drag trucks will race in a heads-up match.

Established 33 years ago, Truckin’ for Kids originally began with The World’s Greatest Truck Show in Anaheim and Pomona, Calif., according to the website. It established its own identity in the early ’90s. Truckin’ for Kids looks for organizations that have needs for children and will ensure that all money given to them will go only toward the cause and not for administrative costs.

Admission is $15. Kids under 12 get in free.

For more information, call 208-448-2811 or visit

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