More shoveling than polishing at MATS truck show

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Updated Mar 23, 2018
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Folks entered in the Mid-America Trucking Show‘s PKY Truck Beauty Contest had something extra to contend with Wednesday as they prepared their trucks for the judges: snow, and plenty of it.

It started snowing Tuesday and when it stopped and was measured at 11 a.m. Wednesday, a total of 8.4 inches had fallen.

However, truck show participants continued getting their trucks ready for the judges … including shoveling the heavy, wet slush around them.

John Barker pushed a large shovel moving snow from alongside the horse hauler he had entered in the show.

“I could have stayed home and done this,” said Barker, who is from Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Snow-covered PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrantsSnow-covered PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrants

One of the many truck show entries needing to be cleared of snow WednesdayOne of the many truck show entries needing to be cleared of snow Wednesday

Jim Flikkema cleans off his Kenworth W9 PKY Truck Beauty Contest entryJim Flikkema cleans off his Kenworth W9 PKY Truck Beauty Contest entry

Steve Sontag's appropriately named Dreamsicle, a 2007 Peterbilt 379Steve Sontag's appropriately named Dreamsicle, a 2007 Peterbilt 379

Dom Falson shovels around the 2007 Peterbilt 379 DreamsicleDom Falson shovels around the 2007 Peterbilt 379 Dreamsicle

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Snow-covered PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrants lined up at MATSSnow-covered PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrants lined up at MATS

Tim Brandow cleans off a PKY Truck Beauty Contest entryTim Brandow cleans off a PKY Truck Beauty Contest entry

1980 International 4070B owned by Zeeland Freight Service of Zeeland, Michigan1980 International 4070B owned by Zeeland Freight Service of Zeeland, Michigan

Barry Kasdorf of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada cleans his tank trailerBarry Kasdorf of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada cleans his tank trailer

Taking a break from shoveling at MATS (from left) Jay Holsomback, Jason West, David Talley and Daniel Jolly.Taking a break from shoveling at MATS (from left) Jay Holsomback, Jason West, David Talley and Daniel Jolly.

Daryl Couch brushes snow of his 2015 Western StarDaryl Couch brushes snow of his 2015 Western Star

Daryl Couch's Western StarDaryl Couch's Western Star

Record snow covered the PKY Truck Beauty Contest at MATSRecord snow covered the PKY Truck Beauty Contest at MATS

Lisa Martin created this snowman at MATS' PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrantsLisa Martin created this snowman at MATS' PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrants

Lisa Matin's Peterbilt logo snow sculpture at the PKY Truck Beauty Contest at MATSLisa Matin's Peterbilt logo snow sculpture at the PKY Truck Beauty Contest at MATS