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CHAMBERSBURG – Tractor trucks are hitting the roads in Franklin County next weekend for a good cause.
The sixth annual Franklin County Truck Convoy will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the Cumberland Valley Antique Showgrounds, 1501 Criders Church Road, to benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the “wishes” of children with life-threatening illnesses.
The convoy itself will begin at 10:30 a.m., and will follow a 32-mile route through the county. In addition, for the first time motorcycles will also be allowed to participate in the event and will follow behind the trucks.
The event will also include a car show which will take place throughout the day, food and craft vendors, balloon bounces and small wagon rides for children, a talent show which starts around noon, and an awards ceremony from 2-3 p.m. in which attendees can vote for their favorite truck and motorcycle.
Last year, more than 130 trucks participated. Staci Hull, the convoy’s organizer, said that number should increase this year because motorcycles are now allowed in the event.
The convoy raised more than $30,000 last year, but Hull said they are hoping to raise more this year. So far, the event has received $10,000 toward its $40,000 goal. All of the money from the event will go toward funding wishes for children in the Franklin County area.
The convoy has already sold several sponsorships to local companies, including Summit Health and Martin’s Potato Rolls. In addition, IMI Products is the event’s biggest sponsor, having already donated $2,500 and offering to match other companies’ donations.
“Every year, it just has gotten bigger and bigger,” Hull said.