Event: The Western Maryland Truck Show is an
annual event held in Grantsville, Maryland. The three-day festival held
on the 4th weekend in August includes a trucker convoy on Saturday,
on-site chrome shop, big rig truck show, tasty foods, live entertainment
with nationally-known country music headliners, lawn tractor pulls,
vendors, “movie under the stars” on Friday night, and kids activities
including Touch A Truck and Power Wheels Derby. The event draws an
average of 3000 attendees. Participants have come from Virginia, Ohio,
West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, and Maryland.
Date: August 24-25, 2018
Location: Grantsville Town Park, Grantsville, MD
History: In 1999, the event was conceived by Jim McFarland and his family’s love for big rigs and passion for giving back to their community. The idea was presented to the community and received overwhelming positive response. The Western Maryland Truck Show was incorporated in 2001 and received its IRS 501(c) 4 designation (#52-2331941). It has been held every year since 1999.
Funding: The Event is operated by Western Maryland Truck Show, LLC with primary sources of funding obtained from corporate sponsors, revenue from admission tickets to the concert, food license fees, and beverage sales. WMTS receives no governmental funds.
Admission Tickets: Admission to the truck show and most activities is free. A minimal charge of $10.00 per ticket ($7.00 in advance) offers individuals and families the opportunity to enjoy a Saturday evening concert featuring local bands and a Nashville country music headliner. Jason Michael Carroll and Country Express have been confirmed for the 2016 concert with more performers to be added. There is an additional charge for food and beverage items. Tickets may be purchased through sponsor outlets, online through the event website, or at the entrance to the concert area.
Beneficiaries: A portion of the proceeds are
used to cover expenses including insurance, security, sanitary
facilities, equipment rental, entertainment, advertising and printing
costs to make a clean, safe, and well-attended festival for patrons and
sponsors. Remaining proceeds are donated to a deserving charity in the
HISTORY AND BENEFICIARIES
The Western Maryland Truck Show started in 1999 with a 2nd generation produce trucking company family’s love for big rigs, and passion for giving back to their community. Over the past 17 years it has grown to include a massive truck show where working trucks come to display their chrome, paint, and lights, a Friday night lawn mower pulling contest, movie under the stars (“Convoy” and “Smokey & The Bandit were shown the past 2 years) candy drop, food vendors, a concert on Saturday night featuring the best local talent and a Nashville country music superstar and kids activities including Touch A Truck and Power Wheels Derby.
WMTS “Best In Show Memorial Trophy” is dedicated to the memory of
Chester McFarland. In 1958 he started the roadside market now known as
Hill Top Fruit Market in Grantsville, MD. He later purchased the
Farmer’s Market in Oakland and the Fruit Bowl in the Narrows. He also
owned and operated Hill Top Trucking, and started Candyland at his
stores – now known across the country. His self-made education and
experience-based learning resulted in a life full of intelligence and
business sense. He taught his children many things – most importantly,
the meaning of hard work and sacrifice through his example. He gave
selflessly to many causes, never expecting recognition. His legacy
lives on through the Western Maryland Truck Show.
The Western Maryland Truck Show is a 501(c)4 charitable event, with 100% of the net proceeds donated to a local charity. Previous recipients include Make-A-Wish Foundation, Toys For Happiness, local high school sports programs, AYSO Soccer, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk, Garrett County Hospice, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Soroptimists and the Dove Center (Garrett County Domestic Violence Resource Center) Salisbury Pa ,and Grantsville Volunteer Fire Departments.
Despite his attending school only to the 10th grade at Uniontown Senior High School, his self-made education and experience-based learning resulted in a life full of intelligence and business sense that was most impressive. He taught his children many things, most importantly the meaning of hard work and sacrifice through his example. He gave selflessly to many causes, never expecting recognition. He was a dedicated husband, father, brother, friend, employer and businessman.
Chester McFarland, 1929 - 2005