8 Events to Keep You Trucking Through the Summer Months

by Michael Brown

Summer. It’s the time when you want to be outdoors, but sometimes if you just don’t set aside the time the season passes you by. Here are some events to give you the best possible summer, wherever you are in North America.

VEGAS, BABY: Get your summer started with a visit to Sin City for the Great West Truck Show. With over 300,000 square feet of trucks, trailers and more, plus the Pride & Polish truck beauty competition, there’s plenty to see and do during the day. And then at night, everything else Vegas has to offer. The show takes place May 30 to June 1. For info visit greatwesttruckshow.com.

LOVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Dust off your golf clubs and head out to Montreal—well, just outside Montreal (Hudson, to be precise)—for the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s second golf tournament of the year on June 5. The Whitlock Golf & Country Club features spectacular views throughout the 27-hole course. Visit pmtc.ca to register.

MEAT-LOVERS WANTED: For rib-lovers across the nation (and Ontario in particular), Tallman Truck Centre is presenting the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kemptville Ribfest from June 14 to 16. You’ll come for the ribs, but stay for the music, pro wrestling show, boat and ATV show, as well as a variety of other activities. For more details and to support the cause go to their website.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Vintage truck lovers gather in Clifford, ON to celebrate and admire trucks from the ‘50s to ‘80s in this non-judged event. Last year the show brought out 171 trucks and it’s sure to increase again this year.  The Clifford Classic Antique Truck Show takes place over Canada Day weekend (June 28-30), so if you’ve got some time off, why not check out some of the nicest antique big rigs around? GreatLakesTruckClub.com.

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME: This one goes without saying, but the Iowa 80 Truckers Jamboree is one of the biggest events around and is sure to be one of the best things to do if you find yourself in the mid-west from July 11 to 13. With over 175 exhibits, Trucker Olympics, and fireworks, the Jamboree is a great way to experience all summer has to offer. Iowa80TruckStop.com.

RODEO DRIVE: From August 1 to 4 the town of Notre-Dame-du-Nord, QC heats up with its annual Truck Rodeo (Rodeo du Camion). Attracting more than 60,000 visitors, besides the typical fare there is also the Rodeo Draw, which features a class 8 tractor as the prize. Feeling lucky? Check out the Rodeo’s website for more.

GOLDEN CHARI-TEE: Each year the Saskatoon Transportation Club holds its charitable golf tournament and on August 23 you can hit the links in support of Crisis Nursery, a Saskatoon organization dedicated to helping local families in trouble. Register at the STC’s website.

LIGHTNING STRIKES MORE THAN ONCE: Heading in to its ninth year, the Thunder in the Valley Drag Race in Drayton Valley, AB is a great way to cap off your summer. Taking place from August 30 to September 1, the drag race features the only three jet cars in Canada. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Drayton Valley and proceeds go towards funding community projects. Speed over to their website for more.

These are just a few of the many events happening around North America this summer. For a full list check out the Today’s Trucking event calendar.

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