Trucks roll on into town despite wet weather
WET weather did not deter the truckies with up to 60 big rigs featuring in the seventh annual Mullumbimby Truck Parade on Saturday.
"The turnout was pretty good considering the weather," event organiser Andrew Johnston said.
More than 25 millimetres of rain fell on the morning of the parade but it didn't stop truck drivers coming from as far afield as Brisbane, Tamworth and Newcastle.
"We were very surprised we got 60," Mr Johnston said.
"At one stage we thought we would probably get half that."
The rain did create some issues with a few trucks becoming bogged in the mud but the main parade all went to plan, Mr Johnston said.
The trucks formed a convoy for the parade through Mullumbimby before making their way to the showground where onlookers were able to inspect the heavy vehicles.
"Some of the prime movers can cost close to $400,000," Mr Johnston said.
Mr Johnston said the event also provided drivers with a chance to catch up.
"Most of the time they just pass each other on the highway," he said.
More than 20 awards, including Best Heritage Truck and Best Crowd Pleaser, were announced as part of the event.
Truck of the Show was awarded to a semi-trailer owned by Coastline Haulage of Coffs Harbour and driven by Tony Heldt.
The John Bursle Memorial was awarded to Mick Lovett, while Sam Browning collected the Brett Ward Memorial award.
Mr Johnston said the truck parade was held in conjunction with the Mullumbimby Show as a way to boost interest and attendance at both events.
He said many of the trucks remained on display throughout the day but others quickly returned to work once the parade was completed.