Marshfield Fairgrounds hosts Saturday Night Lights Truck Parade
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – The first annual Saturday Night Lights Semi Truck parade joined the annual Parish Pull and the Central Wisconsin State Fair’s annual draft horse show at the Marshfield Fairgrounds Park July 12-14.
Sixteen semi trucks mapped out a short parade route from the Fairgrounds and back, using Peach, Fourth, Washington and 29th. Several hundred people lined the parade route.
The parade drew mostly local and area drivers, like Dean Goehring of Wisconsin Rapids.
Goering drives a 2015 18-speed, 600-horsepower Kenworth T-800 that’s yellow and white with dark green pinstriping, and lots of lights and lots of chrome.
“I just wanted one of a kind,” Goering said. “I just don’t want to be the same as everyone else, to be different. It is pretty much my office. (I’ve) been everywhere, besides I stay out of the East.”
Saturday night’s event was the second truck parade Goehring has done.
“It was small, but it was fun,” he said. “I at least got to do the parade at night with the lights. Must of them are during the day. It was a fun time. I plan on doing as many as I can.”
Goehring has been driving for six years. He currently works for Sparhawk Trucking in Wisconsin Rapids, but owns his own rig.
As part of the parade, the truck drivers also collected food items, toys, and stuffed animals, which they donated to local families. Fair officials hope to make the truck parade an annual event.