Big Rig Show Franklin Grove 2014
It was another first for me this past weekend, this time it was the Big Rig Show of Franklin Grove. Peterbilt, Kenworth, Mack, International, they were all there and they were all sitting pretty in chromed out glory. These burly beasts were decked out, polished up and giving an entirely new meaning to daily driver! There were nearly 50 Big Rigs at Atkinson Trucking in Franklin Grove and let me tell you 50 Big Rigs equals about 500 passenger cars. It was an impressive sight to say the least.
The show was held in conjunction with the annual Harvest Festival. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Big Rig show go the the Shriners with the funds earmarked for transportation. Helping families and children make the journey to and from hospitals, doctors appointments, whatever they need. Perfect symmetry This is the fourth year for the show, each year getting bigger and better. Although the Big Rigs were clearly the stars of the show, there were plenty of other family oriented activities, I even took part in the touch a truck. I have a not so secret dream to trade in four wheels for eighteen and I've gotta say climbing into that cab really made me want to scratch that itch!
As I said before, all the proceeds from the Big Rig show go to the Shriners. In the pictures and video you will see the buckets in front of all the trucks that were used to collect votes. The spectators dropped their "vote" in the form of pennies, quarters, dollars, whatever the amount, in the bucket of their favorite truck and at the end of the show the truck with the most "votes" ($$) won a special trophy. All of which were hand made and one of kind, real works of art. I think that's such a genius idea, getting the spectators involved in a super fun way to ultimately give to a great cause because all the "votes" were added to the final donation. Bravo!
This really was a great show and a super experience. Considering that I've logged nearly 5,000 highway miles this past month, I certainly have a sincere respect for these heavy haulers and their pilots but getting to check some of them out up close and personal was an absolute blast.
Be sure and check out the Most Recent Show Gallery, it's chock full of terrific ,titanic transports. Here's some video. You tell me, is bigger better?My vote is yes, yes, yes.
It was a thrill to check out the hulking heavy weights and I can tell you I'm keeping my eyes open and I just know there's gonna be more Big Rigs on my horizon. A big thank you to Flash for taking the time out of your busy day to talk to me and fill me in on this great show for a great cause, thanks so much.
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Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!