World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics celebrates 13th year in Southern Delaware 

16tj anchor truck convoyHARRINGTON — More than 150 truck drivers from across the state and region will converge at the Delaware State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 26, 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 13th 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 Perdue, Delaware Department of Transportation, WBOC 16, and Fox 21 Delmarva.

This unique event continues to increase in popularity with the trucking community. More than $45,000 was raised by 167 trucks at the 2014 event, increasing the 12-year total to more than $387,000 raised for Special Olympics Delaware. To participate in the convoy, trucks must weigh at least 10-GVW and drivers must raise a minimum of $100.

16tj truck convoy 2One of the special parts of the day is an opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to ride shotgun in the trucks.

“As we celebrate our 13th 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.”

For more information, visit www.sode.org.

EVENT TIMELINE:

7:30 a.m. – Registration opens
9:15 a.m. – Live auction for truck positioning
10:00 a.m. – Convoy departs Delaware State Fairgrounds
15tj Truck convoy 110:10 a.m. – Parade in downtown Harrington (along Clark and Commerce streets)
11:30 a.m. – Festival and lunch at Fairgrounds

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