The annual Cache Creek Working Truck Show will be rolling into the coverall at the park on Quartz Road on Friday, July 22, and members of the public are invited to come down on Saturday and Sunday to view “a little bit of everything,” according to organizer Scott McKenzie.
“There are older, antique trucks, as well as new and old highway trucks from B.C. and Alberta,” he says. “People can talk to the owners and drivers, many of whom have fixed up the trucks they used to drive commercially. There’s a pretty broad appeal.” He adds that there is always an opportunity for hands-on experience with some of the vehicles, which younger people particularly enjoy.
There will be more than 30 trucks on display throughout the weekend, with vehicles coming and going over the two days. McKenzie says that since the event started in 2011, the number of trucks has been steadily increasing. In addition to the trucks, vendors and manufacturers will be selling T-shirts, mud flaps, small parts, and other items. There is no concession lined up, but he says that if someone showed up with a concession they would be welcome to plug in and set up.
Some of the trucks on display at the 2012 show. Photo by Barbara Roden
There is no admission charge for the event, with the public invited in between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 23, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 24. Anyone attending on Saturday evening will see the trucks come alive with a dazzling display of lights reflecting off the polished chrome and gleaming paintwork.
McKenzie says that the owners are happy to talk, something that trucker Randy Bertrim confirmed at the 2012 event. Truck driving is, he noted, a lonely occupation, and drivers like to swap stories. McKenzie says that many of the older truck drivers in particular have a lot of stories.
“A lot of history comes out. And that’s what it’s all about: meeting new people, and becoming part of the group.”
Anyone interested in setting up a concession, or displaying a truck, can contact McKenzie at (250) 961-0187. For more information, visit the website at www.cachecreektruckshow.org, or check out their Facebook page.