Hubbard Memorial Truck Show takes over Gillett

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Trucks will be stationed at Zippel Park

Times Herald Staff

The Oshkosh Truck vehicle known as “Hound” in the fourth Transformer movie is among the trucks that will be on display at Zippel Park this weekend. (Contributed photo)

The city of Gillett is pulling out the stops this weekend for the first Roy Hubbard Memorial Truck Show, centered at Zippel Park, featuring new and vintage trucks of all kinds.

The show is open to semi trucks, buses, dump trucks and other vehicles associated with commercial transportation. It’s a non-judged show, but kids are invited to vote for their favorite truck on Saturday.

A variety of vendors from the trucking industry will be set up at the park and in the expo building. Among the highlights: Oshkosh Truck plans to bring the “Hound” truck that appeared in the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

Show hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and a “blessing of the trucks” and porkie and pancake breakfast are planned Sunday morning, when fathers eat free for Father’s Day. Local fire departments have agreed to staff the beer stands during the show.

Friday evening events include cosmic bingo and DJ Jake Rock, along with fireworks and a truck light show at dusk. The Gillett Lions Club will be serving a Friday Fish Fry, homemade spaghetti dinner and other menu items.

A kids bike giveaway is planned Saturday in conjunction with the favorite truck vote. Other activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and firefighters’ water simulations. The Gillett Civic Club will be serving fair food.

A Twilight Truck Parade down Main Street is planned Saturday evening, along with live music with Outlaw Junkies scheduled to play 5-8 p.m. and Bad Habitz 9 p.m. to midnight.

The parade route will exit the park onto Richmond Street to Main Street, then Main to West Main Street, Elm Street to West Park Street, McKenzie Avenue to Railroad Street and back into the show grounds.

One of the vendors, Sniper Speed of Gillett, will be selling $10 raffle tickets to benefit Norm Courchaine, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Prizes include a 55-inch TV, casino package and a BDL 30-06 rifle.

The show is named for Roy Hubbard, a lifelong Gillett resident who founded Roy Hubbard Rental Trucking Inc. in the 1930s and spent more than 45 years in the trucking business before his death in 1987 at age 74. At one point, his company was the sole transporter of all Gillett Canning Co. canned goods.