The town of Smooth Rock Falls is gearing up for their 10th annual Truckfest in August, with event organizers promising it will be the biggest and best yet.
â€œOver the last few years it's really been growing with people stopping in from out west, down south and the Quebec region as well as people from Smooth Rock Falls,â€ committee member Andre Bernier said. â€œIt's really about boosting up the morale of the people of Smooth Rock Falls and the rest of the region.â€
The three-day event is taking place Aug. 21 to 23, kicking off with a car show in Smoothy's Parking Lot at 3:30 p.m. and then a parade at 6:30 p.m.
â€œThe parade is really one of the highlights,â€ Bernier said. â€œPeople come out from all over the community to show their pride.â€
There will be no shortage of nighttime entertainment, either, with performances from Smash and Coco Country Band scheduled for Friday evening at 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $40 each and it will take place at the Reg Lamy Cultural Centre in Smooth Rock Falls.
Saturday night also features some big-name entertainment as Hedley, a Juno Award-winning rock group from British Columbia, is scheduled to headline the event. Beaches will open up the concert on Saturday night starting at 8:15 p.m. and Hedley will take the stage around 9:30 p.m. The concert on Saturday will also be held at the Reg Lamy Cultural Centre and tickets are $80. Organizers expect the show to sell out and said tickets have been selling quickly, so far.
â€œWe're lucky to have a big-name like Hedley in such a small community like Smooth Rock Falls,â€ Bernier said. â€œLots of people are calling for tickets and we expect to sell out as we can only hold so many people at the facility, around 1people. It will be a big highlight of the weekend.â€
Anyone who wants to attend both concerts can purchase a weekend pass for $100, which will give them access to both of the nighttime shows as well as the truck races and pulls throughout the weekend. Bernier said it's the best option if you plan on attending all the weekend's event because you save approximately $40 by purchasing the pass.
Bernier is also looking forward to seeing a bigger turnout to the popular transport truck pulls and races this year. He said that they already have participants from all over the region, and even some from out of town, pre-registered to take part in the events for Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
â€œWe have a lot of exciting things planned like modified tractors pulling ATV's, and transport trucks and 10-wheelers hauling massive loads of gravel and lumber,â€ he said. â€œIt's really sharp to see because some of these trucks lift two or three feet in the air while they are racing and pulling things, so it's really exciting to watch how powerful they are.â€
While he encourages anyone who wants to participate to pre-register, you can still enter on Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. The races and truck pulls will kick off at noon on Saturday and run until 5:30 p.m. at the Golf Course by Pass Road. There will be more races and pulls taking place on Sunday as well in the same location beginning at 11 a.m.
â€œPeople from the North are really proud to be truckers, and they really enjoy seeing what these trucks can do,â€ Bernier said. â€œIt's almost like their religion, and it's a good atmosphere here, everyone really enjoys coming.â€
One of the other popular highlights of the weekend is the annual draw for a 2015 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 4WD. Second prize is a Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom, third prize is $5,000, and fourth, fifth and sixth prizes are $1,000 each. There are also four prizes of $500 each.
Tickets for the draw are $100 a piece but are limited in quantity, so organizers suggest that you purchase them as soon as possible before they sell out. The grand prize draw will be held at the Golf Course at 3:30 p.m.
There will also be children's events taking place all weekend at The Golf Course and an exhibition at 45 Third Avenue in Smooth Rock Falls.
Smooth Truckfest first started in 2006 as a way to boost morale in the community upon hearing the news that the Tembec mill would be closing. It has been growing in popularity since then, with approximately 7,000 people making their way to the small community for last year's festival.
All the proceeds from the weekend go toward community initiatives in Smooth Rock Falls and the surrounding region.
â€œIt's really nice to be able to give back money to people in need,â€ Bernier said. â€œWhether that's in Smooth Rock Falls or in neighbouring communities like Hearst, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane or Timmins. It's really about giving back to the community and making people proud to be from Smooth Rock Falls.â€
Tickets to Smooth Truckfest, excluding the concerts, are $10 each and can be purchased at Kia Timmins and Eastview in Timmins and at the SRFEDC office, Chez Real, Esso, Caisse Populaire in Smooth Rock Falls.
In Kapuskasing you can purchase tickets at Lebel Chainsaw Drisdale Variety Spacek, CKGN, R&R Automotive, Uniglass, Lecours Motors, Eastview and Val Albert.
Tickets are also available for purchase at Heavener's in Cochrane, Jackie's in Moonbeam, Depanneur Blanchette in Fauquier, Dumont in Iroquois Falls and Jack Findlay Motors in Matheson.
For more information visit their website at http://www.smoothtruckfest.com/ or call 705-338-2036.
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