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Power wagon rally June 10

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Apr 27, 2017
Source: LEDGER ARCHIVE PHOTO Dodge power wagons stroll through Fairfield during the Vintage Power Wagon parade in 2016. This year marks the 30th year of the rally, and organizers are expecting about 200 trucks to visit Fairfield for the celebration.

Fairfield’s Annual Vintage Dodge Power Wagon Rally will turn 30 years old this year, and organizers are expecting an especially large contingent of trucks to celebrate the milestone.

Matthew Welcher of Vintage Power Wagons appeared before the Fairfield City Council Monday to ask to block off parking around the square during the parade Saturday, June 10. The affected parking spots would be those abutting Central Park on the west, north and east sides. The council agreed to his request.

The parade will start at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. and proceed to the square. The open air truck show will be from 9-11 a.m. on the square. Will Burnes, also of Vintage Power Wagons, will be there handing out ballots so attendees can vote for their favorite trucks.

“We’re expecting a really good turnout this year,” said Burnes, who added that Vintage Power Wagons expects about 200 trucks for the parade.

Fairfield Police Chief Dave Thomas said the parade is so large that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and reserve officers will assist in managing traffic flow.

Mayor Ed Malloy remarked that the rally was a great opportunity to showcase Fairfield, and that it always has a positive impact on the city’s economy.

The company has an entire week of events planned for the attendees. The fun starts at 2 p.m. June 4 when the group will meet at PWA Ranch on Highway 1 South for a trail ride. Trail rides will continue the next day at 9:30 a.m. at the Phillips Farm.

A meet and greet potluck will be from 5:30-7:15 p.m. at PWA Ranch, and the day will conclude with a trail ride to the Dairy Bar from 7:30-9 p.m. Attendees will begin June 6 with a trail ride at the Phillips Farm, and end it with a taco bar at 6 p.m. at Jefferson County Cider Works.

The rally has a lot of events June 7 beginning with the Mud Run at Kerr Farms from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a road rally to Lake Darling at 2 p.m., a smoked chicken and pork sandwich dinner at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 6:15 p.m. and finally a Tough Truck Obstacle Course at 7:30 p.m.

June 8 will begin the same way with a Mud Run at Kerr Farms from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature a blindfold challenge at 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

Burnes said the driver will be blindfolded, and the passenger in the vehicle will have to direct them where to turn on a course.

A teeter board competition will commence at 5:30 p.m. at the Phillips Farm. Burnes said drivers will try to balance their trucks on a teeter-totter. The Phillips Farm will host a wiener roast after that at 7 p.m., and the day will conclude with a moonlight trail ride at 8:30 p.m.

On June 9, a few of the highlights are wine tasting at Cedar Valley Winery at 1 p.m., a repair session with Alan Vanevenhoven at 3:30 p.m., a Famous Iowa Chops dinner at 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds, and a Camp Courageous benefit raffle at 7 p.m.

After the parade and open air truck show on the square, Vintage Power Wagons will provide lunch at noon at their shop.

A trail ride will commence at 2:30 p.m. from the fairgrounds, and then the group will assemble for a road trip to This Old Barn at 6:30 p.m., with an awards banquet and dinner to follow.

Vintage Power Wagons offers a discount on registrations received by May 5.


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