VIP Sponsors


Carlisle Truck Nationals Entertain Thousands for Three Days


Carlisle Truck Nationals Entertain Thousands for Three Days
Big Trucks, Little Trucks and Everything In Between Anchor Popular Event


CARLISLE, PA – What a weekend at Carlisle! The 2012 Carlisle Truck Nationals, held August 3-5 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, was once again a hit. The event drew thousands of enthusiasts from across the country and wowed show-goers of all ages. With monster trucks, mini-trucks and every type of truck in between, attendees had three days to embrace the trucking hobby. Those who came to Carlisle did so in style with celebrations, activities and wrapped up with the awards parade on Sunday.

For the weekend, gates opened at 7 a.m. daily. Set-up day on Thursday had an exciting feel about it as the trucks, rigs and sponsors rolled on grounds. With everyone in position for the weekend, popular attractions included the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) Showcase, LTAA stock-to-show Jeep transformation, off-road playground with Rausch Creek and, of course, the Big Rig Show and Shine presented by Progressive Commercial Insurance. The big rigs, positioned on the east side of the grounds, showcased the backbone of American industry as well as modern technology. The rigs also drew a big crowd Saturday night as part of the annual show and glow display. LEDGlow also had the Manufactures Midway glowing Saturday night with its neon contest. Those onsite with neon on their ride were encouraged to make their way towards the midway to show their stuff as reps from LEDGlow judged the displays and doled out awards.

Along with the over-the-road haulers, the nearby Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) mustered a great pool of military trucks and the monsters were well represented with Bigfoot, Backdraft, Virginia Giant and Megasauras on grounds. Bigfoot, the monster that started it all took part in multiple competitions with Backdraft during the weekend and their destruction led directly to a savage cleanup by Megasauras. Diehl Wilson's Virginia Giant ride truck kept families entertained too, providing rides for a majority of the three-day weekend.

WGTY, Great Country 107.7 sponsored the stage for the weekend and played host to a pair of bands. Friday and Saturday saw Deezle Church and Chris Woodward play multiple sets, with each band drawing interest from everyone on grounds. What also drew a crowd on Saturday were are trio of contests: burnouts, beauty and drop and drag.

Finally, and the reason everyone came to Carlisle, the trucks! The displays showcased a wide array of trucks spanning multiple generations and multiple brands. Each major motor company was represented and with midway partners sponsoring certain aspects of the weekend, that made for an even more enjoyable time. Further, supported a spectacular van display in and around Building Y. This feature showcased vans of all types, with in-van entertainment that in some cases would rival that of a home system.

In all, the Truck Nationals remained the family-friendly fun time that it's been since 1991. Next year's event is already in the planning stages so be sure to mark August 2-4, 2013 on your calendar.


# # #

About Carlisle Events: Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of 14 annual collector car, truck, motorcycle and outdoor themed events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Bloomsburg Fairgrounds (Bloomsburg, PA) and Auburn Auction Park (Auburn, IN). Included in the annual schedule are a sports and outdoors event, four huge automotive swap meets and auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, motorcycles, imports and kit cars and tuner and modern customs. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract more than a half a million enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. Information about Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions is available via and .