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Iowa 80 to Kick-off 34th Annual Truckers Jamboree

by Jana Ritter - Published: 7/05/2013

Iowa 80 Truckstop's 34th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree will kick off next week for three full days of everything trucking.  The event will feature nearly 175 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest, Antique Truck Display; Iowa pork chop cookout; Trucker Olympics; carnival games; two free concerts: Lindsay Lawler on July 11th courtesy of CAT Scale and Blackberry Smoke on July 12th presented by Mobil Delvac; a fireworks display. Admission and parking are free. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the event grounds.

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“My dad founded the Walcott Truckers Jamboree 34 years ago to show his appreciation for drivers and all their hard work in moving America’s freight,” said Delia Moon Meier, Iowa 80 Senior Vice President. “Everyone at Iowa 80 is proud to continue the tradition of celebrating truckers and promoting a positive image of the trucking industry. We can’t think of a better way to say thank you.”

In 1994, Iowa 80 TA Truckstop underwent a 4 million dollar expansion and widened the gap to become the largest truckstop in the world. The truckstop now boasts the Iowa 80 Kitchen, it's new 300-seat restaurant with a 50-ft. salad bar, one-of-a-kind Truckers Warehouse Store, 24 private showers, 60-seat Dolby Surround Sound® movie theater, Driver's Den, two Game Rooms, Embroidery Center, Vinyl Graphics Shop, Barber, Dentist, TA Service Center, Truckomat truck wash, CAT Scale, state-of-the-art Fuel Center, Wendy's and Dairy Queen in the Food Court and a Blimpie located in the Fuel Center and parking for 800 tractor-trailers, 250 cars and 20 buses.

The original owner, Bill Moon's focus on the customer is what sparked the beginning of the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, now preparing to celebrate its 34th year. This huge driver appreciation event has evolved over the years and serves as an example for other truckstops and towns that hold such events. The Jamboree began as the Moon family's way of thanking their driver customers and continues to do so today as a celebration of the trucking industry. The event's antique truck display is partially comprised of the Moon family collection.

The first Walcott Truckers Jamboree only attracted a few hundred people in 1979 and featured a few exhibits, live music, food and a small display of antique trucks. Today, the Walcott Truckers Jamboree attracts approximately 30,000 attendees. Celebrating America's Truckers is why the Jamboree was founded all those years ago and is still at the very core of the event, Meier said. It is Iowa 80's way of thanking drivers for all of their hard work and dedication in hauling America's freight. 

The 34th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, will be held July 11-13, 2013 at Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa.