Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree begins Thursday


WALCOTT, Iowa — The 39th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree kicks off Thursday at Iowa 80 Truckstop.

Event officials for the Jamboree, held at the “World’s Largest Truckstop,” will feature a Super Truck Beauty Contest, Antique Truck Display; Iowa pork chop cookout; over 150 exhibits, Trucker Olympics; carnival games; two fireworks displays, a 100th birthday party for Iowa 80 Trucking Museum’s 1918 Independent (built in Davenport, Iowa) plenty of live concerts and “lots of fun for the whole family.”

“We are proud to celebrate America’s Truckers for the important job they do in keeping America rolling,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 marketing manager.

Thursday, attendees can attend a performance by Logan Mize, who broke onto the country scene with his single “El Camino.”

“We are thrilled to be able to have Logan Mize perform this year. He’ll be performing some of the songs off his new album ‘Come Back Road,’” DeBaillie said, adding that local favorite Dani Lynn Howe and Band will open for Logan Mize at 5 p.m.

Friday will feature southern rock sounds of the Grammy and CMA winning group The Kentucky Headhunters, best known for their hits “O Lonesome Me,” “Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine,” “Dumas Walker” among others.

“The Kentucky Headhunters’ energy doesn’t stop. It will be a fun night for sure,” DeBaillie said. North of 40 will open at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, attendees can hear the musical talents of country up and comer Eric Chesser, who will perform on the main stage from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Admission and parking to the event and all concerts is free.  Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the event grounds.

The birthday party for the 1918 Independent brand truck will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

“The Independent Motor Truck Company built trucks for less than a decade in Davenport, Iowa”, said Dave Meier, museum curator. “This particular truck is one of few surviving examples and was found on a ranch in South Dakota. The truck was purchased from Lloyd and Margaret Van Horn of Mason City, Iowa.”

Independent Motor Truck Company was one of 15 truck manufacturers in Iowa. They built trucks from 1917- 1921 and offered two different models, a one ton and two ton.

The Iowa 80 Truckstop is located at I-80 Exit 284 in Walcott.

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