Truck pull set Friday at Power Wagon rally
Vintage Dodge trucks are rolling into town this week for the 26th Annual International Vintage Dodge Power Wagon Rally set for Wednesday through Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Jens Butler, president of Vintage Power Wagons, is expecting as many as 200 to 250 people, with between 75 to 100 vehicles at this year’s event.
Butler explained most of the events, such as trail rides, road trips, competitions and dinners, are strictly for registered participants, and only registered participants are allowed on the fairgrounds during the rally due to insurance restrictions.
But, he added, anyone who would like to register is welcome to do so from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the fairgrounds.
Although the general public won’t be allowed to wander through the fairgrounds, people will still have opportunities to see the vintage four-wheel drive trucks, which were first built for military use in the 1940s and then slightly modified and offered to the public.
A truck pull, open to the public, is planned from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at the fairgrounds. Admission is $5. Butler said the truck pull is the only time unregistered guests will be allowed on the fairgrounds.
The annual parade of Power Wagon vehicles is set for Saturday morning. The vehicles are scheduled to line up and leave the fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. travelling east down Burlington Avenue to the Fairfield square. The vehicles will be parked around the square from 9-11 a.m., and people can vote for their favorite one in the Central Park bandstand.
While some of the Power Wagons are “show pieces” that should not be touched, owners of others don’t mind if people climb in to get a closer look, but it’s best to ask permission first.
Butler also said the Vintage Power Wagon business, which hosts the rally, will have several open houses, which the public is welcome to attend, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
“Hopefully it doesn’t rain any more,” said Butler, who said early-bird arrivals on a trail ride Sunday had to use wenches and cranes to get out of some muddy spots.
For information about the Vintage Dodge Power Wagon Rally, visit the website www.vintagepowerwagons.com or call Vintage Power Wagons at 472-4665.