Kansas City, Mo (MMD Newswire) - Close to 1,000 antique trucks as well as thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in Salem, OR, May 26-28, for the American Truck Historical Society's 2016 National Convention and Truck Show. The event will take place at the Oregon State Fair & Expo Center.
The show is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; tickets are $10 per day for ages 16 and older; admission is free for youth 15 and younger who accompany a paying adult.
Trucks of nearly every vintage and make will be represented at the show, from the high spoke-wheel trucks of the early 1900s to the 18-wheeler rigs seen today on America's highways. To be considered an antique, a truck must be at least 25 years old; however, all working and show trucks are welcome! Many truck-related vendors also will be onsite selling memorabilia, books/manuals, photos, model trucks, parts, and more.
Additionally, local craftsmen will sell goods, crafts, and souvenirs. The event will feature an indoor interactive children's area to create learning opportunities about the United States transportation industry and trucking's past as well as fun activities such as tractor races, coloring contests, games and activities related to trucking, and pottery making. The children's area is being sponsored by McCoy Freightliner of Salem.
Trucker Buddy International will offer merit badge instruction for the Boy/Girl Scouts of America. Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn their Truck Transportation and Traffic Safety merit badges and Girl Scouts will earn a Transportation badge. The scouting event takes place on Saturday, May 28, with registration at 8 a.m. Alex Debogorski, the Original Ice Road Trucker, will be there for photo opportunities and will be signing autographs.
The ATHS national show is held in a different region of the country each year to make it easier for members to attend at least one every three years. The 2016 show in Salem is expected to draw truck enthusiasts from throughout the Western region and as far away as the East Coast.
The American Truck Historical Society was founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. The non-profit group is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has over 20,000 members worldwide. Persons who join ATHS are interested in the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. Many members own antique trucks, restored and unrestored. Others collect trucking memorabilia, literature, photos, and model trucks. There are nearly 100 ATHS affiliated chapters located in the United States, Canada, and Australia, which provide additional opportunities for these enthusiasts to network with their peers. The ATHS Oregon Trail Chapter is supporting the 2016 convention.
To learn more about ATHS, go to www.aths.org. For more information about the 2016 show in Salem, call (816) 891-9900.