The 2024 truck show season gets started in earnest the first week in February when the Midwest Truck and Trailer Show convenes in Peoria, Illinois.
The show is Feb. 2 and 3 in the Peoria Civic Center and includes the annual convention of the Mid-West Truckers Association.
A fixture of the show is the Truckers Pride Truck Beauty Contest. Among the awards given are the People's Choice award (voted on by show attendees) and the Drivers' Choice (voted on by show contestants).
Also during the show, the Safe and Courteous Driver Award will be given out. The award is open to members of the Mid-West Truckers Association and their drivers.
On Saturday afternoon, the show will stage the second annual Pull Foir A Cure kids pedal pull. Children will have an opportunity to pedal a kid-sized semi in a weight-pull contest. Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research.
The Mid-West Truckers Association includes a schedule of educational sessions.
Show hours are:
- Friday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Expect delays on U.S. side of Blue Water Bridge
Truckers crossing between the U.S. and Canada at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan should expect delays starting Monday, Jan. 29.
Crews will begin removing some 110 trees on nearly half an acre adjacent to the existing Blue Water Bridge plaza, near Pine Grove Avenue, Harker Street, Scott Avenue, and westbound Interstate 94 from Garfield to the Black River.
Michigan Department of Transportation said the work is being completed ahead of plaza improvements, which include relocating the eastbound I-94 exit ramp at Pine Grove Avenue, building sound walls along portions of the project limits, and reconfiguring Pine Grove Avenue and 10th Avenue.
The project is expected to be completed by April 1.