WALCOTT, Iowa – The 38th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree kicks off next week at the Iowa 80 Truckstop.
The 2017 Walcott Truckers Jamboree will feature a super truck beauty contest, antique truck display, Iowa pork chop cookout, over 175 exhibits, trucker Olympics, carnival games, two fireworks displays, a 100th birthday party for Iowa 80 Trucking Museum’s 1917 Velie (built in Moline, Illinois) and live concerts.
“We are very excited about this year’s concert lineup,” said Heather DeBaillie, marketing manager.
On July 13 attendees can attend a performance by rising star Mary Sarah from the 2016 season of “The Voice.”
“We are thrilled to be able to have Mary Sarah perform this year,” DeBaillie said. “She has such an amazing voice and a great range of songs from old favorites to her own new material. Mary Sarah has performed and recorded songs with Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys and more. Local favorite Dani Lynn Howe and Band will open for Mary Sarah. It is going to be a fun-filled night for sure.”
Friday, July 14, will feature trucker turned singer Tony Justice.
“He is the real deal and his music and high energy show will be one you won’t forget,” DeBaillie said. “Tony will be opening for Collin Raye. Raye is best known for his hits ‘Little Rock,’ ‘One Boy-One Girl,’ ‘That’s My Story,’ ‘My Kind of Girl’ and ‘Love, Me’ to name a few.”
Saturday July 15, attendees can hear the musical talents of local band North of 40on the main stage from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The birthday party for the 1917 Velie truck will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 14 at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.
“Willard Velie was the founder of The Velie Motor Co., Moline, Illinois, and grandson to John Deere. Most people remember Velie as a buggy and car manufacturer, but the company also built trucks and airplanes,” said Dave Meier, museum curator. “This particular truck is one of only five known to still exist. It was originally used in New Mexico to haul mining equipment and supplies from Silver City to Mogollon. When we found it, the truck was in pieces. We restored it and are fortunate to be able to bring and display it so close to its place of origin.”
Originally founded as the Velie Carriage Company in 1902, and later renamed The Velie Motor Company, the company produced vehicles in Moline from 1908-1928.
Admission and parking to the jamboree and all concerts are free. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the event grounds.
The Iowa 80 Truckstop is located at Exit 284 on Interstate 80.
The most up to date information can be found at www.truckersjamboree.com.