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Crowded place . . . A tonne of locals line Main St, Gore for the annual truck parade as part of the Gore Truck Show.PHOTOS: ENSIGN FILES

The Gore Truck Show is just around the corner and this ear there has been a few changes to the annual event.

Show secretary Rhonda Wilson said this year the show would have an entertainer. “Marie Haslemore will be singing at the show this year,” she said.

Mrs Haslemore is from Tapanui and would be performing her own music at the repairs yard, Mrs Wilson said.

The show is being held during Queens Birthday weekend, on June 2, at the Transport Repairs Yard on Faulkner Rd, Mrs Wilson said.

“The public’s welcome to come down and take a look at the entries,” Mrs Wilson said.

As well as Marie Haslemore performing, Mrs Wilson said the first Gore scouts would be holding a barbecue fundraiser at the truck show during the day.

“There will be other things going on too.’

“There’s always raffles and things.”

Mad Cow Coffee would also be there on the day, she said.

Mrs Wilson said the trucks would be there for the public to view on until 2pm on Saturday and everyone was encouraged to come down check them out.

“That’s the best opportunity to see them up close.”

Mrs Wilson said usually children enjoyed seeing the trucks and recommended the day to anyone that was interested in “big shiny things with wheels.”

Judging begins at 9am and will run until 2pm when the trucks would depart for the annual parade, she said.

The parade would travel along along Waiau St, down Oreti St then right on to Charlton Rd, then left on to Main St towards Hokonui Dr where the trucks would be displayed in Traffers car park for the public to view, Mrs Wilson said.


Trucks of varying shapes and sizes will gather in Gore for the 31st Gore Truck Show but this year it is not just trucks involved.

The truck show is being held on Saturday, June 2, at Transport Repairs yard on Faulkner Rd.

Secretary of the show Rhonda Wilson said the annual event would have 43 categories available for truck owners to enter.

“All sections get a prize, too,” Mrs Wilson said.

All entrants needed for an entry was $10 and ” a truck or a bus.”

The section for buses was “Best Passenger Vehicle”, she said.

“Last year we had three Ritchies buses. They were all truck buses but they it can be any bus, as long as it carries passengers.”

Mrs Wilson said it would be really good to see more buses getting involved in the competition.

“There’s something for everything really.”

Other sections included best light vehicle, best tractor unit, best paint job, furthest distance travelled and female driver.

“Enter on the day. Just come to the office and the girls and guys in the office will help you to enter,” Mrs Wilson said.

“Come in and bring your truck looking nice and shiny and beautiful,” she said.

“Most entrants will spend days getting their trucks ready for the competition.”

“They are judged mainly on cleanliness and how the driver looks after the truck.”

“It’s about how much effort the driver puts into it,” she said.

Entrants would travel from throughout the South Island to enter their truck in the show, she said.

Mrs Wilson said last year there were more than 70 entrants and they hoped to see a similar number this year.

For more information, contact Rhonda Wilson on (03) 208-4433 or goretruckshow@gmail.com.