Truck convoy raises money for Special Olympics
By ABBY BELDEN
The World's Largest Truck Convoy in northwest Kansas is preparing to shift into gear and hit the road.
The sixth annual World's Largest Truck Convoy fundraising event will be Sept. 8.
Many of the drivers who participate in the convoy are accompanied by Special Olympic athletes during the drive.
To enter in the event, each driver needs to provide a valid driver's license and proof of insurance. In addition to those requirements, there is an entry fee drivers must pay.
The entry fee for a truck with five or more wheels is $100, while a vehicle with four or less wheels is $50.
All of the proceeds from the event are donated to Special Olympics Kansas, which benefits athlete's programs and helps pay for medals, ribbons, meals, equipment and more.
Joe Metlick, chairman of the Northwest Kansas World's Largest Truck Convoy, said Colby High School National Honor Society will be serving a freewill supper at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 for the Pre-Convoy Welcome Party at the Oasis-Petro Travel Center in Colby.
The event will offer music entertainment, and if weather permits, fireworks.
"If we don't get any rain or wet weather, we won't be able to have any firecrackers or fireworks," Metlick said.
Metlick said there will be two routes that start off the day.
One convoy will depart at 10 a.m. from Mitten TA Travel Plaza in Oakley, while the remaining convoy will depart at 8:45 a.m. Mountain time from Wilken's Truck and Trailer in Goodland.
Walk-up registrations are welcome at both locations.
Both convoys will meet in Colby, merging as one convoy to parade down Horton Avenue and throughout downtown Colby before traveling toward the Oasis Travel Center.
Once at the Travel Center, lunch will be provided.
Metlick said the lunch is a freewill donation event that is open to the public.
There will be a truck and motorcycle show Saturday afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Those who would like to enter motorcycles and trucks can register at the welcome party after 4 p.m. Sept. 7 and from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 in Colby.
In addition to the truck and bike show, there will be other forms of entertainment.
Metlick said there will be door prizes and a silent auction. The proceeds from the silent auction will go toward Special Olympics Kansas.
Following the auction, there will be an awards and trophies presentation.
For more information, visit ksso.org/events and click NW Kansas Truck Convoy.