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Convoy Against Cancer big truck show heads to new destination

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 1:47 p.m. CDT

LADD — The 2013 “Convoy Against Cancer” big truck show heads to a new destination this year when it moves to Route 89/Main Street in Ladd. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4.

By definition, a convoy is a group of vehicles traveling together for mutual support and protection — to make sure that everyone makes it through. “This convoy is about support for each other in a special way,” said Phil Hocking, event organizer, “with a cure for cancer at the end of the route.” The show is intended to offer vehicle owners and enthusiasts something different while benefiting a good cause — the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

With the help of the village of Ladd and Mayor Mike Grivetti, Route 89 will be re-routed so that the vehicles will be displayed on Main Street, Ladd. There will be plenty of room to line the street with all makes and models of new and restored, big trucks. Truck cranes, fire trucks, wreckers, pick-ups and redi-mix trucks from Peoria, Bloomington, Dixon, Princeton, Peru and all over the North Central Illinois area will be part of the show.

This is an event that gives people a new look at some hardworking vehicles that we see everyday. “We’ll have all makes and models of antique and new big trucks as well as pickup trucks,” according to Hocking. All entrants will receive a dash plaque donated by Graphic Electronics of Spring Valley. The truck registration fee is a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Local businesses have donated hundreds of door prizes and silent auction items ranging from toys to trucking essentials.

In addition to lots of chrome and stacks, there will be entertainment for the whole family with music by D. J. Gary Swanson, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, Relay For Life Team bake sale, and event T-shirts will be for sale. There will be kids’ games and face painting. Food will be provided by Torri’s and Softails. Admission to the show is free to the public. For entry and general information, call 815-488-8245, 815-894-2092, or bigtruckshow@hotmail.com. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Hocking estimates that $30,000 has been raised over the past 10 years. He’s hoping that the weather will cooperate and the draw of “home base” will bring out young and old to this year’s truck show. “It’s nice to bring the trucks to my hometown of Ladd this year.”

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