Perryville’s downtown square will fill with the rumble of diesel engines next weekend as the second annual Laid Back on Interstate 55 Truck Show takes over the streets.
The show kicks off Friday, Aug. 23, and continues through Saturday, featuring feature more than 50 big rigs from all over the region, along with special activities for all members of the family and live music.
According to spokesman James Stegall of Stegall Truck Shop, this year’s show, a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association, will be bigger and better than ever.
“Last year we raised $4,000 dollars,” Stegall said. “I’m hoping this year that we can up that quite a bit. We had 49 trucks in total for last year’s show. I’m hoping that we’re going to grow that by 25 more trucks.”
Having this year’s event on the downtown square required special arrangements with the city. Several streets will be closed beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 until 11 p.m Saturday, Aug. 24.
The closures include South Jackson Street, from West St. Joseph to West South Street; North Jackson Street, from West St Joseph Street to West North Street; West St. Joseph Street, from Shelby Street to Main Street; and West St. Marie Street from North Jackson Street to Main Street.
Friday will be highlighted by a big rig light show at dusk, along with live music from Jerod Yount from 7-11 p.m.
On Saturday, The main attraction is billed as the P-Town Throwdown. Beginning at 11 a.m., attendees will be able to watch as Team Transformation from Main Street Signs installs a custom striping package on a black Peterbilt truck.
Other activities will include a kiddie tractor pull, a special needs kids talent show and a cornhole tournament. Prizes will be awarded in theree categories — Truckers’ Choice, People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice at 6 p.m., the JWR band will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Admission to the event is free.