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Convoy Against Cancer reroutes to Ladd

LADD — The 2013 Convoy Against Cancer big truck show will head to a new destination this year when it moves from Utica to Main Street in Ladd. The 2013 Convoy is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Event organizer Phil Hocking said the 2013 Convoy Against Cancer is intended to offer vehicle owners and enthusiasts something different while benefiting a good cause, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. A convoy is by definition a group of vehicles traveling together for mutual support and protection, to make sure that everyone makes it through, he said.

“This convoy is about support for each other in a special way, with a cure for cancer at the end of the route,” Hocking said.

With the help of the village of Ladd and Mayor Mike Grivetti, Route 89 will be rerouted so the vehicles will be displayed on Ladd’s Route 89/Main Street, Hocking said. Main Street will provide plenty of room for all makes and models of new and restored big trucks. Participating in the May 4th show will be truck cranes, fire trucks, wreckers, pick-ups and redi-mix trucks from all over North Central Illinois area, including Peoria, Bloomington, Dixon, Princeton and Peru.

“This is an event that gives people a new look at some hardworking vehicles that we see everyday,” Hocking said.

All entrants into the May 4 show 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, including music by DJ Gary Swanson, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a Relay For Life Team bake sale and event T-shirts. Hocking said there will also be kids’ games and face painting, plus food options provided by Torri’s and Softails. Admission to the show is free to the public.

In looking at the impact of the annual Convoy against Cancer shows, Hocking estimated $30,000 has been raised during the past 10 years for cancer research and education. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate this year, and the draw of “home base” will bring out young and old to this year’s truck show, he said.

“It’s nice to bring the trucks to my home town of Ladd this year,” Hocking said.

For entry and general information call 815-488-8245, 815-894-2092 or see bigtruckshow@hotmail.com. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

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