All roads lead to Oaklands
THE streets in the small Riverina town of Oaklands will once again reverberate to the sound of diesel engines across the weekend of March 24-25, as the town hosts its 10th truck show.
An initiative of the local Lions Club, the event is organised each year by a dedicated truck show committee and is run as a community event.
Starting in 2009, the truck show has grown from small beginnings to become a highlight on the annual truck show circuit.
Over the past decade, money raised through the truck show has been put back into the community, including upgrading of the facilities at the town's recreation reserve and helping local young sporting kids with their travel and training costs.
As has been the case in other years, this year events will kick off on the Saturday afternoon.
From 5pm the bar and food will be available, and with darkness descending all trucks will turn their lights on at 9pm for the Lights on the Hill tribute which is dedicated to the memory of truck driver Wayne "Marto” Martin.
Live music on the Saturday night will be provided by the Ben Gunn band.
The main show day on Sunday kicks off with breakfast followed by a family day with market stalls/swap meet, kids' activities, car and bike show 'n' shine along with the Whip Industries Freestyle Motorbike Show.
A charity auction will also take place and this year the major raffle is the "Engel family” with three Engel fridges will be up for grabs.
New for this year is the Oaklands Gift, a 100m footrace across the oval with categories for both adults and children.
The past few years has been a Kenworth benefit, with various models of the marque taking out the coveted Truck of the Show.
With a whopping $2000 and trophy on offer for taking out the title, no doubt the trucks presented this year will be presented to a very high standard.
Along with overall Truck of the Show honours, judging will take place across 12 categories including Best Local Truck, Best Fleet, Best Specialised and the popular People's Choice awards.
The show has become a popular destination over the past decade and in recent times has attracted trucks from across the Riverina, the Murray and Goulburn Valley areas and from as far afield as Sydney and Melbourne.
So if you had nothing planned for the fourth weekend in March, make your way to Oaklands, where $15 will get you a weekend pass.
Or $10 will get you in the gate on the Sunday, (kids free). To borrow from the Truck Show Committee's slogan you'll have a truck'n good time.
Further information can be found on Facebook.