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Walcott Truckers Jamboree attracts more than 44,000

Iowa 80 Truckstop also celebrated its 50th birthday last week during the Walcott Truckers Jamboree with a cake created by Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, aka Cake Boss. More than 1,000 people packed into the Super Truck Showroom to get a slice.

The Trucker News Services

7/15/2014

WALCOTT, IOWA — The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers last week with 44,360 drivers and their families as well as local residents during the 35th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Visitors came from 23 different states and Canada to display their trucks.

During the three day celebration (July 10-12), guests enjoyed more than 175 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest with 63 contestants; an antique truck display with more than 150 vehicles; an Iowa pork chop cookout; Trucker Olympics; Carnival Games; and free concerts. Nashville rising star Chris Janson performed July 10, courtesy of CAT Scale, and “had the crowd going crazy,” Iowa 80 officials said in a news release.

On July 11, Lindsay Lawler hit the stage followed by country music legend John Anderson, presented by Mobil Delvac. On the night of both concerts, the event included fireworks displays, a truck light show, a truck beauty show and other activities.

ProFleet Transport's entry into the Jamboree's truck beauty show won the Working Truck category, the second year in a row the 2012 Kenworth had taken that prize.

 “The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is a celebration of everything trucking,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s marketing director. “Being a professional driver is a demanding job and the Jamboree gives us an opportunity to say a big 'thank you.' This event also allows us to promote a positive image of the trucking industry to the general public.”

Iowa 80 Truckstop also celebrated its 50th birthday last week during the Walcott Truckers Jamboree with a cake created by Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, aka Cake Boss. More than 1,000 people packed into the Super Truck Showroom to get a slice.

“Fifty years is a big milestone so we thought we’d better get a pretty big cake”, laughed Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president and daughter of Iowa 80 founders Bill & Carolyn Moon. “Seriously though, we are humbled and very thankful for everyone who has supported us. We look forward to another 50 years and beyond.”

The Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating truckers, rain or shine, since 1979.

“We are proud to serve the professional driver and we appreciate the hard job they do delivering everything we need. The Jamboree is our way of saying thank you,” Moon Meier said. 

To further show their appreciation last week, the Moon Family also dedicated a monument to professional drivers at the entrance to Iowa 80’s Super Truck Showroom.

Next year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree will be held July 9-11, 2015.

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