40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree Attendance Estimated at 45,000
Music, Food & Fun to Celebrate Trucking!
The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers last week with 45,000 drivers and their families as well as local residents during the 40th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Visitors came from 19 different states and Canada to display their trucks; Arizona, Texas and New York being the farthest states. The Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating truckers, rain or shine, since 1979. “My parents started this event to thank all of the men and women who deliver the goods we need every day,” says Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president. “Everyone here at Iowa 80 is dedicated to serving drivers and we continue to celebrate them.”
During the three days, guests enjoyed over 150 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest with 76 contestants; a fantastic antique truck display with over 100 vehicles; delicious Iowa pork chop cookout; Trucker Olympics; Carnival Games; and free concerts. A Pet Contest and doughnut wall were added to this year’s features. The Davisson Brothers Band performed Thursday night, Grammy winning group Sawyer Brown had the crowd rockin’ on Friday night and Southern Rock Legends, the Kentucky Headhunters hit the stage on Saturday afternoon. Concerts were made possible by Mobil Delvac, Freightliner Trucks and CAT Scale. Both Thursday night and Friday night included fireworks displays, a truck light show and plenty of fun for the whole family!
“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is and always has been an event about America’s truck drivers. We appreciate the important job they do and we feel it’s important to celebrate the professional driver in a big way,” says Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s vice president of marketing.
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum also celebrated the 100th birthday of two trucks: 1919 International Model F (Bill Moon’s first truck) and 1919 Pierce Arrow. The celebration included birthday cake, refreshments and balloons.
Next year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree will be held July 9-11, 2020.