The Mid-America Trucking Show, held at the end of March each year, is the annual kickoff to the truck show season. Let the fun and shining begin! This year we got to experience the show in a different way since Kim decided to enter her 2007 Peterbilt 379 “Dark Angel” and her 2008 48’ stainless spread axle Utility reefer in the Paul K Young beauty contest part of the show. For the better part of the last many years we have been covering the show as media in order to report on it, it has been a REALLY long time since either of us has competed in it!
It was a bit of a trip down memory lane since we both used to show our old W900L Kenworth trucks, competing against each other and building a friendship at the same time. It was a different time then, but the camaraderie you build while working hard cleaning your truck is something inexplicable. You are competitors, yet you build a mutual respect that is very real and is proven to last a lifetime. Part of us go just so that we can reconnect with those we used to share experiences with long ago and this year we were not disappointed! We were reunited with many of our old friends from our show days and it was wonderful!
If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience entering a truck show, maybe it’s time you entertain the thought of putting your toes in the water. Maybe do as Justin Mosser did in Louisville, he jumped right in the deep end when, instead of entering first time, he entered all the classes and for his effort he took home a second place trophy for working interior! This young bull hauler was proud as punch of that trophy too, as he should have been, his truck was gorgeous and he definitely earned it! But he was truly surprised.
There are plenty of shows to choose from, you will probably be able to find one in your area or the area that you run through and you can google them or look them up in different trucking publications. I know Movin’ Out carries a current list all season long, both in their paper and on their website, but the one show you should definitely put on your calendar is the Walcott Truckers Jamboree! The dates for this years Jamboree is July 14, 15, & 16. This is when Iowa 80 says thank you to the drivers that drive their business.
This show is an appreciation event that we both attend, Kim for many years, me for the last few years since we didn’t run the Interstate 80 lane, but it is one of the most fun events we have ever attended! The entire Moon family and their staff turn out to make sure this event truly meets the standards they set in letting their drivers know how much they are appreciated.
There are games and contests and prizes and fireworks, bouncy tents for kids and booths and the trucks in the show! Every single truck entered goes home with a trophy! NOBODY gets left out at this show. It’s truly a family event, one that everyone should plan to attend. The antique trucks here are nothing short of jaw dropping as well, it’s a jam packed 3 days, I can promise you!
So, clean up your truck and kick back, have fun and enjoy all the activities that are going on during the entire show. Be sure to try one of the grilled Iowa chops that are not only yummy but legendary!
Just remember, when you get there, pull into their truck wash the Truck-O-Mat for a top shelf wash, then go park and get ready for some fun!
Stay Safe Out There And Keep It Shiny!
Heather Hogeland and Kim Grimm are CDL holders and longtime friends with a combined 75 years and 7 million miles of driving experience. Both are writers and have a love for everything trucking, as well as, furry, four-legged friends. Kim is currently a full-time owner-operator and part-time writer. Heather writes for various trucking publications and enjoys traveling with her husband Roger.