This weekend, Cortland will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the National Brockway Truck Show, featuring a variety of events throughout the city, including fireworks and a parade.
The parade will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
It will start at the Brockway Museum and end in Main Street, where trucks will park and stay there until around 3 p.m.
"It first started in the year 2000 as part of a centennial celebration for the city of Cortland," said Shirley Randolph treasurer of the Brockway Truck Preservation Association. "It was a committee formed with the city and they were looking for businesses that have been an important part to the history of Cortland; and back then trucks were built in Cortland from 1912 to 1977. So they decided to have a Brockway Truck Show and bring the trucks back to Cortland."
Trucks come from all over the country. There are some that even come from Canada.
"Last year we had about 135 trucks, so we are expecting to exceed that this year," added Randolph.
Events will begin on Thursday, August 8th at 6 p.m. with an ice cream cruise-in at the Super Cream in Homer, where drivers and Brockway owners will go and spend some social time together.
Things will then pick up on Friday, with a "huskie drive" from the Brockway Museum to Greek Peak in the morning, where drivers will enjoy lunch together in the afternoon.
Following, there will be an Italian dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. being held at Brockway Museum that day as well. All the money raised at the fundraiser will go towards future activities and to keep the museum open, according to Randolph.
Then at 9:30 p.m. there will be a fireworks display right outside of the Museum.
"The camaraderie of the group is what makes this so especial," said Randolph. "They are the greatest bunch of people. They have a common interest and they just love to talk to each other, exchange stories and they are rebuilding these trucks all the time wherever they find them and in whatever condition they find them as well."
Here is a complete schedule of all of the events happening this weekend at this year's National Brockway Truck Show:
Thursday, August 8-
Friday, August 9-
11:00 a.m. “Huskie Drive” starting at Brockway Museum
5:00-7:00 p.m. Wine, Craft Beer & Cider Tasting at CNY Living History Center
6:00-7:30 p.m. Italian Dinner, fundraising dinner at the Brockway Museum (reservations required)
7:30 p.m. Brockway Live Auction
9:30 p.m. Spectacular Fireworks Display
Saturday, August 10-
8:30 a.m. Parade from Brockway Museum to Main St., Downtown Cortland 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Trucks parked on Main Street; Brockway exhibit byCortland County Historical Society
3:00 p.m. Presentation of awards on Main Street (in front of NBT Bank)
5:00-7:00p.m. Bob’s BBQ buffet at Brockway Museum (reservations required)
Sunday, August 11-
8:00-11:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at Brockway Museum (pay at the door)
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Fifth Annual South Central NY Chapter of ATCA
All-Make Truck Show (lunch available)