Power Wagon Rally commences today
Power Wagon enthusiasts have been in town this week with eager early-birds taking advantage of Sunday’s trail ride, Monday’s meet-and-greet potluck barbecue and Tuesday’s pizza night at the Elks Lodge.
By Saturday, the big day of the parade, an estimated 200 Power Wagon fans and owners could be in Fairfield, estimated Jens Butler, president of Vintage Power Wagons.
Today is the official start of the 27th annual Power Wagon Rally in Fairfield.
Fairfield’s business that occupies five acres along Jefferson Avenue at Seventh Street, Vintage Power Wagons, describes its origin on its website: “Vintage Power Wagons began in 1975, and was born out of a frustration around the lack of information and parts pertaining to the mighty Dodge Power Wagon. But what started as a hobby for owner David Butler, soon escalated into a full time operation in 1983.
“We’re the world’s largest supplier of 1940-1971 civilian Dodge Power Wagons and military Dodge WC and M-37 4X4 and 2WD hard-to-find parts.”
Most of the events during the annual rally are open to those who have registered. Registration is open until 5 p.m. today at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and late registration is available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday, all at the fairgrounds. Saturday is the last official day of the rally. A single day registration is $12.50 per person.
Open to the public
Friday at the fairgrounds, a Power Wagon and open class truck pull, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., is open to the public with a $5 gate admission.
Power Wagons will line up at the fairgrounds from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday. The parade leaves the fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m., traveling east down Burlington Avenue to the downtown square. The wagons and trucks will park around the square and be on display to the public until 11 a.m. Anyone can vote at the Ron Prill Bandstand in Central Park for a favorite Power Wagon.
Activities for registered participants
Those who come to Fairfield this week to participate and are registered for the annual rally have plenty of activities to choose from.
Vintage Power Wagons holds an open house for enthusiasts until 5 p.m. today, which will be repeated from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s mostly for owners coming to look for parts and things they don’t have,” said Butler.
Likewise, a continuous truck show and swap meet runs at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, open to registered participants.
A mud run for Power Wagons at Kerr Farms opened for registered users today, weather permitting, until 5 p.m. and repeats from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Trail rides at Phillips farm are scheduled today; and 3-5 p.m. and a moonlight trail ride 8:30-10 p.m. Thursday; 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Friday; and two more on Saturday, from 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Power Wagon rally attendees will gather at the fairgrounds for a 4:45 p.m. departure today for a road trip to Douds, for a home-style dinner. The return to Fairfield trip is planned for 7:45 -8:45 p.m.
In addition to Thursday’s mud run and trail ride opportunities, the rally is hosting a teeter board competition from 5-7 p.m. at Phillips farm, followed by a wiener roast.
Friday, lunch will be provided to registered rally-goers at Vintage Power Wagons from noon to 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the business is hosting a repair session for an hour.
Friday night’s dinner is Iowa chops served at the fairgrounds from 6-7 p.m., followed by a Camp Courageous benefit raffle, then it’s time for the truck pull.
Saturday’s parade and display on the square is followed by lunch again at Vintage Power Wagons.
The fairgrounds activity building closes at 5 p.m. Saturday as the weekend winds down. But one more festive event is the Saturday night banquet and awards dinner starting at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Golf & Country Club.
Though the rally officially ends Saturday, Vintage Power Wagons will open for business from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. The people enjoy one another’s company and the Fairfield community so much, it’s hard for them to leave, Butler said.
“We’re having some fun,” he added.
Visit Vintage Power Wagons’ website at www.vintagepowerwagons.com or call 472-4665 for more information.