Big rigs have come to California for an even bigger cause.
On May 14, 130 tractor-trailer trucks entered the region to participate in the second Crossroads Truck Meet. About 40 vendors and more than 5,000 people attended the truck show. Participants enjoyed bouncing houses, raffles, peddling and coloring contests.
According to Crossroads Shopping Plaza co-owner and truck meet organizer Delton Rissler, proceeds from this year’s truck meet will be donated to the non-profit organization Wonderland Camp.
Delton, his brother John and their wives, Ashley and Karen, own and operate the Crossroads Shopping Plaza and the businesses therein. Together with his family, Rissler created the Crossroads Truck Meet as an open house event for their new facility last year.
Rissler said that after the success of the first competition, many people asked when the next event was going to take place. However, with no open house, the Rissler family wanted to make an event like this something more than trucking.
From there, they created a partnership plan with Wonderland Camp, as it allows children and adults with disabilities to participate in various camping activities and games. Money raised from events such as a silent auction and vote on favorite trucks will be donated to the camp.
The event partners with the Missouri Muleskinners’ Truck and Tractor Pull at the Jefferson City Fairgrounds to raise funds for Wonderland Camp. The day ended with the camp meet convoy as the truckers headed to Jefferson City.
Rissler estimated that at least $2,000 would be raised for Wonderland Camp. Although given the high attendance at each event, he is confident that there will be so much more they can offer when he connects with the organization.
“We had a really good turnout, so I expect it to be a good effort,” Rissler said. “I think it will be a good number once we get together and finalize everything.”
He said it was a great effort made by the community. Along with Delton’s businesses, “Diesel Power Plus, Edge Sizing Graphics and the Dairy Barn Ice Cream Shop” and John’s business “Horse and Buggy Accessories”, many local vendors came out to support the event.
Xtreme Body and Paint, Frank Boys Trucking and Landscaping, LLC, Bias Lawn Care, Wallis Companies, Al Sheppers Motor Company, Sunbelt Rentals, Superior Insulation, Dollar General, Commerce Bank, Hawthorn Bank, Capital and many other local businesses sponsored the ‘event. Some of the larger companies that have sponsored the event also include Houg Built, Dynaflex Products, Trux Accessories, Grand General Accessories and Burn Clean Products.
He said the second annual Crossroads Truck Meet has received a lot of support from everyone in the community. From businesses to volunteers, the event turned out to be something really special as it brought a lot of fun for a good cause.
“I like to bring recognition to these (companies) because they are part of it,” Rissler said. “And then the whole community…all the spectators who came out to support (us) and all the volunteers that we had (we’d like to highlight them). We had probably 50 volunteers…there was so much what we did inside this event that they took care of.”