More than 100 truck drivers from across the state and region will converge at the Delaware State Fairgrounds Saturday, Oct. 5, to take part in a police-escorted, 28-mile scenic ride through southern Delaware as the local leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy event for Special Olympics rolls into town.
The convoy, celebrating its 11th year, is part of a national effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. The local event is organized by Delaware Law Enforcement, with Walmart and FedEx serving as presenting sponsors. In addition to the fairgrounds and law enforcement, supporters include the Delaware Department of Transportation, Perdue, WBOC 16 and Fox 21.
This unique event continues to increase in popularity with the trucking community. More than $41,000 was raised by 145 trucks at the 2012 event, increasing the 10-year total to over $290,000 raised for Special Olympics Delaware. To participate in the convoy, truck drivers must raise a minimum of $100.
“As we celebrate our 11th year, we continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support from the trucking community,” said Lisa Smith, director of special events for Special Olympics Delaware. “The amount of money raised is spectacular, but what’s just as important is the opportunity for the truckers to meet our athletes, and in turn, for our families to show their appreciation back to them. The drivers will tell you that meeting the athletes and families is their biggest thrill.”
Registration opens at 7 a.m., followed by a live auction for truck positioning at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. the convoy departs the Delaware State Fairgrounds and proceeds into downtown Harrington along Clark and Commerce streets. At 11:30 a.m. the fairgrounds will host a festival and lunch.