Casino Truck show rolls into town in just over a week
THE wheels are well and truly turning for the 4th annual Haultech Casino Truck Show, which rolls into town at 9am, August 8, and is set to attract its biggest haul of onlookers yet.
A change in location will see up to 120 trucks line the streets of Casino's CBD for the free event while thousands of spectators will get the chance to get up close and personal with a whole range of rigs.
Last year saw close to 1000 people turn out for the event and according to Casino Beef Week president Stuart George, a change in location, a new major sponsor and more trucks than before will combine to make this year's event bigger than ever.
"I was having a beer one afternoon with a couple of truck drivers, Darren and Tiny and we got talking about truck shows and thought 'well why not it run as an extra event for Beef Week?", said Mr George.
"At first we were unsure how it would take but then we were blown away by the response we got and it just keeps on growing and growing.
"It's grown from something where we thought we'd see how we go to something that is now well and truly on the trucking show calendar across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
"It is a show where truck owners and truck operators get to show off their prized possessions."
The event will see the trucks take part in a parade through the CBD at 10am before they park and people will then get the chance to see the trucks up close with their drivers on hand to chat.
"They do a parade through the streets and the community gets well and truly behind that and then they park up and are judged across different categories," Mr George said.
"It is certainly something the drivers take very seriously and they're very proud of their trucks and they enjoy the opportunity like this to show the public what they're trucks are about.
"It's worth walking around having a look at the variety that turn up, you can get a 20-year-old truck that looks brand new, there's an Optimus Prime, there's Ned Kelly that is always a favourite.
"We're also going to have markets, there'll be live music in the main street, there'll be kids rides and there's a raffle. It's going to be a real family-orientated day."
At the end of the day the raffle will be drawn, with major sponsors Haultech Engineering donating first prize, which is a fitted 2000 sleeper cab airconditioning system worth more than $11,000. Second prize is a romantic hot air balloon ride for two, courtesy of Byron Bay Ballooning.
* This story originally appeared in The Northern Star as part of an advertising feature.