A Little History
Inspiration for a truck show in Waupun began many years ago after some community members went to an event called "Touch-a-Truck". While many see "big rigs" rolling down the highways, "Touch-a-Truck" enabled spectators to see the awesome vehicles up close and even look inside.
It's All About Trucks — August 11 & 12
Now in its 28th year, the event in Waupun has grown. This year's event will be held August 11 & 12. In recent years, the Waupun Truck Show has averaged hundreds of trucks a year from all over the United States and Canada! Our event brings the beautifully detailed trucks to the show for everyone to enjoy and admire. Truckers come to show off their rigs, enjoy the friendship of fellow drivers, and enjoy the appreciation of thousands of spectators who stroll the grounds on Spring Street anytime on Friday and Saturday. A shuttle service takes spectators from designated parking areas to the festival grounds. Parking is not available on the grounds because every spot is needed for trucks!
Everyone Loves a Parade - and We Have 2 of Them!
Two parades are held on Main Street in Waupun. A Friday night parade occurs about 9:00pm. The City of Waupun turns off all of the street lights on Main Street so the trucks can display their amazing array of lights! The Saturday parade at 3:00pm enables spectators to see the beautiful murals and other works of art on each truck. This year's afternoon parade will feature a "Jake Brake Contest!"
Admission to the Truck-n-Show festival grounds (Spring Street in Waupun) is free. Visitors may look at the beautiful trucks up close and look inside the trucks. The technology and changes that have occurred in the big trucks is amazing! We feature all sizes of trucks from big rigs to straight trucks to proud owners of their pick ups. Enjoy good food and drinks, lots of great music and meet many amazing truck drivers! Friday night bands entertain in the Community Center and also next to the Fireman's tent. A fee is charged for the Saturday night dance in the Community Center.
The Waupun Truck-n-Show is a nonprofit 501-C(7) organization run completely by volunteers. Besides putting on a fantastic show, organizers take pride in raising money for Special Olympics, Make-a-Wish Foundation and for a local family with financial needs due to illness.
High bidders determine the lead positions in the annual Lights of the Night Parade held Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m. An auction is held to determine the first through fifth positions with all of the proceeds going to the Convoy of Special Olympics. Thousands of dollars have been raised for the athletes over the past 27 years.
Saturday's auction at 12:15p.m. will also determine the first through fifth positions, with all the proceeds going to Make-a-Wish of WI.