THE STREETS of Wagga Wagga will rumble to the sound of trucks and bikes on September 23 with the running of the annual Riverina Truck Show and Kids Convoy, to be staged in the southern New South Wales city.
With Wagga Wagga a major hub in the road transport industry as the home base to a number of national carriers it has a significant number of trucking support industries. Wagga Wagga is definitely regarded as a transport town, and the convoy is always well supported by both local operators and those from further afield.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Sunrise, the first Convoy and Truck Show was held in 2014 and since then has become a major annual event.
In the process, almost $100,000 has been raised and distributed across a range of local charities.
In 2016 more than 8000 people enjoyed a fantastic day out, with more than 100 trucks on display and $42,000 raised. This year's event will see all money raised benefiting two children's charities, the Wagga Wagga Ronald McDonald House and NETS NSW -the Newborn and Pediatric Emergency Transport Service.
In 2017 the convoy will assemble to the north of Wagga Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre at Bomen before working its way through the central business to Apex Park on Lake Albert where a truck show and family fun day will be held, culminating in a massive fireworks display to close the event.
Entries are now being accepted for trucks to participate in the convoy. Bids are also open for the lead truck auction, with the top bidder winning the right to attach the 'Lead Truck' banner to their truck and head the convoy, with a souvenir 'lead truck' number plate also being presented to the winning bidder.
The second and third highest bidders will line up behind the lead truck and also receive a convoy number-plate. Last year in a close contest the top bid of $3800 saw Andrew Bell of Lindsay Transport lead the convoy in his Kenworth and this year bidding is again expected to be a hotly contested affair.
Having set a record field of 210 trucks participating in the convoy in 2105, the organisers are aiming to break the record in 2017, and this year the convoy has been expanded for motorbikes to participate as well to add to the spectacle.
Starting from the Bomen staging area at 11.30am, the trucks will head through North Wagga and then through Fitzmaurice and Tarcutta streets, crossing the Sturt Hwy before parking up at Apex Park on the shores of Lake Albert.
Starting at 1pm, the truck show and shine will see judging and prizes awarded across a range of categories, with event major sponsor Royans Truck and Trailer Repairs making a number of category trophies by hand.
Along with checking out the trucks, visitors will enjoy a range of trade and market stands, live music, a car and bike show and amusement rides. A feature this year will be Justin McLelland from Tumba Timber Carvings who will be demonstrating his skills with a chainsaw making timber sculptures.
On September 9, a 'Battle of The Brains' will take place with a trivia night and charity auction at the wagga wagga boat club. Around $10,000 was raised at this event last year.
Full information regarding all events, including convoy entry and bidding forms, along with route details can be found on the Convoy website at http://www.riverinatruckshowandkidsconvoy.com/ or on the Riverina Convoy page on Facebook.