The 2020 Walcott Truckers Jamboree is moving its Antique Truck Show, Super Truck Beauty Contest, and Trucker’s Best Friend Pet Contest online this year, from July 9-11, 2020, to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The good news is we will most definitely continue with our long-standing tradition of celebrating America’s truckers,” said Heather DeBaillie, vice president of marketing. “While we can’t host 45,000 people at Iowa 80 to celebrate, we will take the Jamboree virtual and still celebrate the important job of the professional driver.”
The Antique Truck Display will include a slideshow of all who want to provide photos and information about their antique trucks. Also, the Super Truck Beauty Contest will be a virtual event. Drivers will have the opportunity to enter online, choose competitive categories, and submit photos, while the general public will be able to vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced on July 11th and they’ll receive their trophies.
The Trucker’s Best Friend Pet Contest is encouraging drivers to register their pet and submit the requested photos or video to compete. Entries will be voted on and prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed, Owner Look-alike, and Best Trick. Registration for all competitions will open no later than June 1, 2020, with an entry deadline of June 30, 2020.
In an effort to honor their hard work during this pandemic, all CDL professional drivers visiting Iowa 80 on July 9-11 can receive a free meal in the Iowa 80 Kitchen restaurant.
“We want drivers to know how much we appreciate the hard work they do. This certainly isn’t the way we thought our 41st Jamboree would play out, but we care about drivers and their families and we still want to celebrate them.” says Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president.