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Carlisle Truck Nationals 2020

The Biggest truck show in Pennsylvania never lets us down.

Michael Garland
Aug 14, 2020
If you build it, they will come. We all know the famous Field of Dreams movie line. Well, if Carlisle Events and the Carlisle Truck Nationals may, if you host it, they will come and come they did. With a nice mix of 106 years of truck history on display combined with family-friendly activities, the event happened in a unique and different way, during unique and different circumstances.
Gates opened at 7 a.m. daily, and there was enough sunshine to enjoy the Showfield, midway, and indoor displays. In addition, the family fun took center stage where Dialed Action Sports presented Mountain Bike stunt exhibitions while Lawrence Frederick and his world champion Disc-Connected K9s soared above the infield, much to the delight of guests of all ages. If ever there was a time for indoor truck viewing, midday Friday reminded guests that yes, it's August, and yes, it rains. Although outside was best suited for a slip and slide, inside Buildings T and Y were about three dozen super-cool trucks. For Building Y, it was the SyTy display, and Building T hosted the annual Featured Vehicle display. Within T was a 1916 fire truck, classic car haulers, lowered trucks, lifted trucks, and more.
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As the weather did a 180 on Saturday, those who didn't come Friday afternoon mixed and mingled (at an acceptable social distance) with everyone who was planning a Saturday venture. The bikes and the pups were back in action, but there were other competitions, too. Day 2 hosted the low-truck limbo, the high-truck challenge, and the drop and drag contest. In addition, more family fun came to fruition as the Optimus Prime replica rig anchored the Big Rig display AND played host to kids of all ages during its time onsite. The Big Rigs also closed out the day, with their popular glow show lighting up the Carlisle night.
Another hot draw throughout the event came from Ford. Following a successful showcase at the previous week's Carlisle Ford Nationals car show, Ford spotlighted its 2021 F-150 truck, offered a Ford Raptor simulator for guests, and displayed their Ford Lifestyle trailer. Within and around this trailer was stylish merchandise for sale and products on display that accessorize, power, or compliment some of Ford's most popular brands.
Sunday was a chance to see one last show, check out one last truck, and check out the winner's list. For some, that meant an award and recognition as part of the two awards parades. For others, it meant simply saying goodbye to friends with a plan to return for 2021. Speaking of which, next year's Carlisle Truck Nationals take over the fairgrounds once more between August 6 and 8. Details about this event and all others promoted by Carlisle Events are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.