Thurday, July 12, through Saturday, July 14
Iowa 80 Truck Stop, 755 West Iowa 80 Road, Walcott IA
Exhibits, displays, games, cookouts, fireworks, local and national country musicians, and even a beauty contest for trucks will be on hand in the 39th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, the July 12 through 14 event held at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop in celebration of America's big rigs and those who drive them.
Headlining Thursday's festivities is an evening concert with Logan Mize, the country artist whose 2017 album Come Back Road landed in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. With Mize's single “Ain't Always Pretty” receiving over 20 million streams on Spotify, the singer/songwriter from Clearwater, Kansas, enjoyed additional hits with 2012's Nobody in Nashville and his self-titled 2009 debut, and has opened for the likes of Lady Antebellum, Leann Rimes, Blake Shelton, and Dierks Bentley. Mize's 7 p.m. show will be preceded by a 5 p.m. set with the country-music talents of the Quad Cities' Dani Lynn Howe Band, and the day will also boast an 11 a.m. pork chop cookout, the 1:30 p.m. Truckers Olympics, and a night-closing fireworks presentation.
On Friday, the concert headliners for the Truckers Jamboree are the country- and Southern-rock musicians of The Kentucky Headliners, currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band's founding. Their studio albums including 1989's Pickin' on Nashville and 1991's Electric Barnyard, both of which made the top-three of Billboard's U.S. Country chart, The Kentucky Headhunters have won three Country Music Association Awards, an Academy of Country Music Award, and a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The local country musicians North of 40 perform a 5:30 p.m. set prior to The Kentucky Headhunters' 7 p.m. concert, and in addition to the day's Truckers Olympics, cookout, and fireworks display, there will be a 2:30 p.m. 100th Birthday Party celebrating the 1918 Independent Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.
For the final day of the Truckers Jamboree, Saturday's concert headliner is country singer/songwriter Eric Chesser, a native of Plainfield, Illinois, now based in Naples, Florida. Chesser's 1 p.m. set will find the musician performing hits including “Tailgate,” “I Can't Read Your Mind,” and his latest release “Yes." The day will also feature winners of the Trucker Olympics and a 3 p.m. awards presentation celebrating the victors of the annual Super Truck Beauty Contest.
Each day of the 39th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree will also boast games, antique trucks on display, food and beverage vendors, and more, admission is free, and more information is available by visiting Iowa80TruckStop.com.