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More than 80 vehicles expected for Palmyra's annual Truck Rally

Jennifer Klein takes pictures of her kids, Braxton and Jayden, right, sitting in the Survival Flight helicopter from Hannibal during the 2018 Big Truck Night at Palmyra High School in Palmyra, Mo. Motorized vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be the main attraction at the 29th annual Truck Rally from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Palmyra High School parking lot. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 24, 2019 10:40 am Updated: Apr. 24, 2019 10:45 am

PALMYRA, Mo. — Motorized vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be the main attraction at the 29th annual Truck Rally from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Palmyra High School parking lot.

The event is sponsored by the Palmyra R-1 Parents as Teachers program as a educational opportunity for families -- particularly children.

Kathy Nicholson, the district's early childhood coordinator, said more than 80 vehicles used by businesses, industries and individuals from Missouri, Illinois and Iowa will be displayed. Children and their families will be able to sit inside the vehicles and ask questions of the drivers.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to see vehicles up-close-and-personal and actually talk to the people who drive them," Nicholson said.

"We're so thankful for the businesspeople and the operators of all these vehicles who give their time and talk with the children about what they do and how the vehicles work."

Volunteers plan to bring a wide variety of vehicles, including commercial trucks, construction equipment, emergency vehicles, farm implements, garbage trucks, dump trucks and animal transporters. Even two air ambulances from Hannibal Regional Hospital and Blessing Hospital are scheduled to be on display unless they have an emergency run, Nicholson said.

Heimer Construction will demonstrate a drone that takes aerial photos and videos at construction sites, and some extra-large earth-moving equipment will be available featuring rubber tires "nearly two stories high," Nicholson said.

In addition, a motorcycle club will show off some of its members' two-wheeled vehicles, and organizers expect to have some race cars "just like the ones you see on TV," Nicholson said.

The event also will feature an array of police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles brought by public service workers in uniform.

Nicholson said large pieces of farm equipment might not be as plentiful as usual this year "because we hope the farmers can be out in the fields" after finally getting some dry weather to begin spring planting. "That's much more of a priority than us," she said.

Nicholson said the Truck Rally invariably attracts a large crowd of all ages.

"We have great attendance not only from moms and dads who bring children but we also have grandparents who come and aunts and uncles and older siblings," she said.

Nicholson said many participants who bring vehicles go to a lot of trouble to make their vehicles look "clean and shiny" for public viewing.

"People put a lot of effort into it, and we're thankful and very proud to be able to host this for the Palmyra community," she said.

All vehicles need to be in place by 5 p.m. for safety reasons.

"Some of the vehicles are really, really big, so we want to make sure that they're parked" when people start arriving, Nicholson said.

The Truck Rally will take place "rain or shine," she said.

"A little bit of rain isn't going to stop us," Nicholson said. "But if there is lightning, we will not have it."