For Immediate Release

Trucks, Vans, Rigs, Lumberjacks and More Make 2018’s Truck Nationals a Family Friendly Hot Spot

Nearly 2,000 Registered Rides Adorn the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds in 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018

It wasn’t quite record setting, but close! The 2018 Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores welcomed guests ranging from just born to the most grizzled of enthusiasts to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds to celebrate all things truck. Be it monster trucks, big rigs, custom vans or standard light trucks, families flocked to Carlisle to soak it all in between August 3-5, 2018. From the time the gates opened at 7 a.m. on Friday until the final truck loaded out on Sunday, there was a familiar level of excitement in the air. 2018’s event ended up being the third largest over the last 10 years at Carlisle!

Friday highlights included the first of multiple shows by the Timberworks Lumberjack show as well as the Samson and Bad News monster trucks. FMX Motocross stunt riders also defied gravity, soaring through the air with ease and as the monster trucks wreaked havoc in their competition area, Virginia Giant did its best to bring smiles to the faces of all guests via rides, including over crushed cars.

Another great feature of Friday was the first of what would be a weekend of awards. Carlisle Elite selections were made throughout the day, with winners that included rides from the Vanner display, Big Rig showfield as well as the standard truck showfield too.

As Friday transitioned to Saturday, the real turnout occurred. The rush of trucks and truck enthusiasts swarmed the grounds in ways not seen in years. Sunny skies and the desire to check out the trucks, swap meet and activities had the grounds hopping all day and into the night. More monster truck shows, more lumberjack shows, more FMX shows and more informative walkarounds from A&A and Extang helped make the day a smashing success.

When the sun went down in the west of Carlisle and the smoke settled from the burnout contest, the fairgrounds came to life with sparks and a glow. First up was the always popular drop and drag which was followed up by the big rigs turning on the lights on for their glow show. The rig turnout in 2018 was above and beyond last year’s showcase and included fleets and job recruitment, lots of job recruitment.

It all wrapped on Sunday with two awards parades, one for the rigs and another for the standard trucks. There was also one last go around for the monster trucks, FMX riders and lumberjacks before everyone hit the road for home. 2019 dates are firmed up and plans are ongoing now for the event, taking place August 2-4. Details can be found at

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Journalist note: Information about Carlisle Events, its event listings, auction offerings and the Carlisle Expo Center is available to journalists by phone:

Michael Garland
Public Relations Manager
717-243-7855 ext. 133

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