The truck parade heads on into town for the Casino Truck Show.
The truck parade heads on into town for the Casino Truck Show. Samantha Elley

Truckin' on even bigger and better in Casino

TRUCKS of all makes and sizes came in their very long convoy to the CBD as part of the Casino Truck Show on Saturday, much to the enjoyment of the many spectators who lined the streets to watch the parade.

 

Casino Truck Show: The parade at the Casino Truck Show

These behemoths were then parked in the surrounding streets so people could get up close and check out the vehicles that we so often only see passing us on the highways.

The truck parade heads on into town for the Casino Truck Show.
The truck parade heads on into town for the Casino Truck Show. Samantha Elley

Behind each truck, however, there is often a story and a purpose and that was definitely the case for the Wallace family of Ballina.

Todd and Chauntelle Wallace with Imogen, 8 and Taavi, 3 from Ballina at the Casino Truck Show
Todd and Chauntelle Wallace with Imogen, 8 and Taavi, 3 from Ballina at the Casino Truck Show Samantha Elley

Truck driver Todd, wife Chauntelle and their two children Imogen, 8 and Taavi, 3 had driven in the parade in their Kenworth SAR 2006 model general freighter and become part of the day in memory of Todd's dad.

Todd Wallace with the tribute banner to his dad David, a truck driver who died 19 years ago in a truck accident.
Todd Wallace with the tribute banner to his dad David, a truck driver who died 19 years ago in a truck accident. Samantha Elley

"My dad David, was a truck driver and was killed 19 years ago in a trucking accident," he said.

"It happened in Park Ridge and I was in the truck with him."

A banner is strung up across the back of the cabin in memory of Todd's dad.

Wayne Cox with partner Shiree Harper spent hours preparing their truck for the how.
Wayne Cox with partner Shiree Harper spent hours preparing their truck for the how. Samantha Elley

Hours and hours go into the preparation of the trucks before they are paraded before the general public.

Wayne Cox of Casino and his partner Shiree Harper confirm that only the night before the truck show they had spent six and half hours getting their Western Star transport ready.

Madi Hayes, 5 and mum Karen of Goonellabah at the Casino Truck Show
Madi Hayes, 5 and mum Karen of Goonellabah at the Casino Truck Show Samantha Elley

"That's five and a half hours worth of washing and also the interior," Wayne said.

Flynn, 9, Ashley, 13 and Jade,15 Collins of Coraki enjoy looking at trucks at the Casino Truck Show
Flynn, 9, Ashley, 13 and Jade,15 Collins of Coraki enjoy looking at trucks at the Casino Truck Show Samantha Elley

Crowds filled Barker, Canterbury and Walker streets to enjoy the overcast day, the market stalls, the rides and even the petting zoo.

Bethany Jones, 12 months of Casino in the McDonald's Farm petting zoo and surrounded by little friends. All she wanted to do was play with the water trough.
Bethany Jones, 12 months of Casino in the McDonald's Farm petting zoo and surrounded by little friends. All she wanted to do was play with the water trough. Samantha Elley
Local Casino business Londy's got into the spirit of the Casino Truck Show with this truck rear end table. Jason O'Reilly and daughter Eliza, 9 sit and enjoy the day.
Local Casino business Londy's got into the spirit of the Casino Truck Show with this truck rear end table. Jason O'Reilly and daughter Eliza, 9 sit and enjoy the day. Samantha Elley