Trucks stop at Walla Walla Community College

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Walla Walla Community College

— The big rigs, although there may be a few pickups included, will make a truck stop at Walla Walla Community College Saturday for the annual American Truck Historical Society show.

Aiming to preserve the history of trucks and the trucking industry, the Blue Mountain Chapter held its first truck show at Fort Walla Walla in 1982.

“Everybody, whether they realize it or not, is dependent on the trucking industry because almost everything we use every day, whether you know it, comes from some sort of trucking transportation,” chapter president Russ Shorten said.

Truck tractors, sleeper rigs, delivery vehicles and pretty much everything from a class 1 pickup to class 8 semis are expected to be at the show.

Shorten added that it is still up in the air who will truck in on Saturday because registration is the morning of the event.

“It is real hard to say,” he said. “It changes from year to year.”

What you can expect to see at this year’s show is a 1947 International KB8 logging truck from the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum near Salem and Shorten’s own 1954 two-ton Chevy with a wrecker.

In the past, the event was held at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds. This year, organizers decided to join forces with WWCC so they could have more space, so the Culinary Arts program could provide more food and so they could interest more people in the commercial drivers license program.

This year, the truck show will also feature some small but impressive hit-and-miss engines.

Hit-and-miss engines were four stroke engines that were adapted to perform a variety of chores around farms, homes and business. They provided power for washing clothes, baling hay and even making ice cream.

They were popular up until the 1940s, when electricity and better-designed gas engines made the hit-and-miss design obsolete.

The American Truck Historical Society Blue Mountain Chapter show will take place Saturday in the Dietrich Dome parking lot from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.

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