Summer’s here and that means it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy events made just for truck lovers! Here’s a selection of truck events taking place around the U.S. this summer:
1. Monster Jam
Watch truck battle truck at your local Monster Jam®! These jams take place all over the country – check the listing to see when the next one is near you. Competition includes traditional racing – first to finish line with least penalties wins – and Freestyle competition, where trucks face off against huge machines to survive. Don’t forget to get your favorite driver’s autograph. Kids are welcome too, so don’t miss this fun way to share a great event with the family.
For an even bigger list of Monster Truck events, visit The Monster Blog’s Event Schedule, with upcoming events all over the country.
2. Carlisle Truck Nationals
From August 2-4, 2013, the Carlisle Truck Nationals takes place in Carlisle, PA. View custom rigs, SUV’s, vans and classics. Kids under 12 are free, get to ride in a monster truck and can enjoy the Carlisle Activity Center, while you get to explore trucks, shopping and parts buying. With more than 2000 truck entries, competition judging takes place Saturday, 8/3. Daily admission is $10 or $20 for the whole event, and you can register online.
3. Great American Trucking Show
Trucking professionals, don’t miss The Great American Trucking Show at the Dallas Convention Center, August 22-24, 2013. This event is for those who use heavy or medium duty trucks in their business or are aligned with the trucking industry. Attractions for this huge show include Overdrive’s Pride & Polish Truck Beauty Contest, Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, the Driver Recruitment Pavilion, exhibits from leading heavy duty trucking vendors, and free country music concerts, as well as educational sessions. The new Propickup Truck Expo is also part of this event.
4. Western Maryland Truck Show
August 23-25, 2013, brings the Annual Western Maryland Truck Show. This event not only features a truck show, it also includes country music performances, craft vendors, a light show, an after party, and lots of kids activities. All admission is free to the public except for the Chris Cagle concert, which is free for kids 12 and under, and $12 on day of show for adults. Bring chairs and blankets for seating.
5. Big Iron Classic
On September 6-7, 2013, check out the Big Iron Classic, which calls itself “the largest Working Class truck show in the Midwest”. Located in Kasson, MN, this show has some of the best looking trucks in the country on display. Entry to everything but the truck pull is free, but you are encouraged to donate a toy, since this also a charity event. The truck pull takes place Saturday evening and admission is $7.00 per person. This great show also features celebrities, a light show, live entertainment Friday and Saturday night, and the “Parade of Big Rigs” on Saturday one mile down the road at Mantorville.
This summer, there’s no excuse not to get out and learn more, explore, and have fun with truck shows and events for both professionals and the whole family.
Author Steven Karns spends much of his free time and money tinkering on his favorite truck, a 1984 Ford F-150. It’s no surprise that he likes to include car- and truck-related events in his travel plans. He recommends Carolina Classic Trucks for purchasing truck parts online.