From tricked out trucks to talking to Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski, the Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show had it all!
Over 15,000 people came to the Chippewa Valley Technical College parking lot August 19-21 to get a close up view of the trucks you see on the highway. It was the graphics on these trucks that caught people’s attention. From everything from skulls to the ever popular Green Bay Packer truck, attendees had a lot to look at. Event highlights included the truck light show on Friday night and the truck parade on Saturday night, but the entertainment didn’t stop with just the trucks.
A line of eager fans waiting to get the autograph of Alex Debogorski was consistently more than two dozen people throughout the weekend. “He’s such an engaging guy,” Bob Loughan, CVTC Truck Driving instructor said. “He carries on a conversation with everyone coming through and really makes it a special experience for everyone.”
Rusty Naylor, CVTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Instructor, had a blast showing off his program’s diesel truck engine that was collaborated to a computer so onlookers could see miles to the gallon, RPMs and more. “We let people turn on the engine and then see what happens to the numbers as the RPMs are increased. People seem excited to learn more about these large engines and what it takes to haul the big loads they see on the highway.”
Thousands of people lined Clairemont Avenue, Water Street, and Menomonie Street on Saturday night to watch the truck parade. The lights on the trucks were the showcase of the parade, but it was another chance to show off the great paint jobs. “We saw the trucks and stopped by to see what was going on,” a family commented as they sat on the hill near the CVTC bridge. “It’s pretty cool to see the trucks, but then to see the lights that go along with them is great!”
“This was a great success,” commented Terry Biddle, organizer of the Big Rig Truck Show. “The new venue at CVTC has worked out perfectly, and it really gives us a chance to grow the show for next year.”
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