Too many trucks to judge on time
The Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo is gaining so much interest, judging was delayed at the 2018 event due to the sheer number of entries.
There were 75 trucks exhibited at the Truck Show for a coveted show ‘n’ shine award.
Truck Show president Evan Whitbourne said the number of entries exceeded previous years by at least 10 trucks.
‘‘We had a few more local fleets take part in the show last year, and we also had some new names (regional transport operators) take part.
‘‘I would estimate we had at least 900 people through the gates, including stallholders and the general public.
‘‘The weather was very kind to us so there seemed to be more people in the crowd.
‘‘It was great to see people who are not directly connected to the industry come along and have a look.
‘‘Overall it was a terrific success.’’
Mr Whitbourne said generating some interest for the 2018 Truck Show was the steady stream of trucks making their way through Deniliquin to Memorial Park in time to be judged.
There were more than organisers expected to turn up for the event, and as a consequence judging took longer than anticipated.
But there were plenty of other attractions to keep patrons happy, including trade sites, information stands, plus balloon sculptures and a giant blowup slide for the young ones.
The Saturday truck show was only one part of a massive transport industry themed weekend last September.
On the Friday night, three more stalwarts of the industry were inducted into the Deniliquin & District Transport Industry Wall of Fame — Garry Plant, Keith Purtill and Laurence ‘Curly’ Martin.
On Sunday, tribute was paid to those in the industry who have passed at a special memorial service at the Davidson St rest stop.