Thousands hauled over to Walcott's Trucker’s Jamboree this weekend.
This is the 35th annual celebration held at the Iowa 80 truck stop. It's been growing each year, truck by truck.
“1979 was our first attempt at a trucker appreciation event,” says Iowa 80 Marketing Manager Heather DeBaillie. “And as you can imagine, it was about four trucks and we were cooking some stuff on the grill, and a few hay bales on the ground. And now we've got over 40,000 people that come through.”
The jamboree celebrates all things trucking. From antique displays, to truck beauty contests, to the trucker Olympics, the Iowa 80 truck stop has it all. It's also a chance to recognize truckers for their long hours on the road.
“They work very hard,” says DeBaillie. “I mean, they're hauling freight. They're hauling everything that we need for our daily lives around the clock. So it's our way to just say 'hey, you know, this is important. Without you guys we wouldn't have anything. So, thank you!'"