The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is an annual bash held at the Iowa 80 Truckstop that features a number of great musical acts. This year’s slate of performers for 2016 has just been announced.
The Jamboree for 2016 is scheduled for mid-July (the fourteenth through the sixteenth) at Walcott, Iowa’s Iowa 80 Truck Stop.
Featured performers for this, the 37th annual Jamboree, include local favorites North of 40, Dani Lynn Howe, Sammy Kershaw, and Clare Dunn.
The Walcott Jamboree is about more than just music, though. The event will also feature special presentations and contests.
Which include the Antique Truck Display, the Iowa pork chop cookout, and the Super Truck Beauty Contest.
In all the Jamboree is slated to include more than 175 different family-friendly activities, events, games, and more. Two different fireworks displays are planned.
The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum will also be celebrating the 100th birthday of its 1916 Mack AC this year. The Trucker Olympics will also be held during the Jamboree.
The Iowa 80 Truck Stop is on Exit 284 from Interstate 80 in Walcott, Iowa. Copious free parking is laid out for visitors, and complimentary shuttles run between the parking area to the event itself.
As noted above, the Jamboree is an annual tradition in Walcott. First held in 1979, the event has always been about celebrating and entertaining truckers from all over the country.
It’s also an opportunity for children and adults from all walks of life to learn more about big rigs and the vital role they play in the modern world. Virtually everything we use in our day-to-day lives — from gas to food to cars — gets delivered on an eighteen-wheeler. Highlights of the Walcott Jamboree include:
* Display of antique trucks
* Iowa Pork Chop Cookout
* Super Truck Beauty Contest
* Carnival rides and games
* The Trucker Olympics
* Over 175 other attractions
Last year’s Jamboree, the 36th, attracted more than 40,000 attendees, including truckers, family members, local residents, and tourists. According to the Iowa 80 Truckstop, attendance continues to grow with each year.
The 2015 Walcott Truckers Jamboree hosted truckers from 21 states across America as well as from three provinces of Canada.
The three-day event allowed visitors to enjoy more than 150 different attractions. The truck beauty contest featured more than 60 entries, the antique truck show displayed over 150 exhibits, the Trucker Olympics were held, and the traditional Iowa pork chop cookout offered up delicious cuisine.
The free musical performances throughout the Jamboree were the icing on the cake.
According to Delia Moon Meier, one of the Iowa 80 Truck Stop’s operators, the family-owned business has been catering to the needs of truckers for over 50 years.
The annual Jamboree is the Truckstop’s way of giving back to the national community it serves, and it also allows the public to gain a greater insight into the world of the hard-working trucker.
Meier says that the Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been held every year since 1979 regardless of inclement weather and other challenges.
Heather DeBaillie, the marketing director of the Iowa 80 Truckstop, calls the Jamboree a celebration of every aspect of trucking.
She considers the event a way to say “thank you” to the professionals who deliver our goods.
The 37th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree Will Feature:
* Free Parking
* No Admission fees