LIMA — The O’Reilly Auto Parts 4 Wheel Jamboree is coming to the fairgrounds this weekend.
“People come in from all over the country to be in Lima for the (4 Wheel) Jamboree. So it’s definitely something that’s added notoriety not only to Lima but to the fairgrounds,” said Bob Fricke, general manager of the Allen County Fairgrounds. “We’re proud of it and we want to continue to see it here for a long time.”
“Traditionally we were the second week in May, but honestly we got rained out so many years in a row that our sponsors were saying, please, please, please move it to June, so we did. It looks like we’re going to have a great weekend, so we’re happy for that. It will be warm, it’s been cold and wet the last few years,” said Jessica Kirchner, senior marketing and communications manager.
The event has added some off-road racing.
“We have UTV racing called Terracross racing throughout the weekend. And we’ve also added a tug on Friday night and Saturday night. We’re calling that Lima Tug Fest. Those will happen Friday evening and Saturday evening which will keep the show open later to add more night life and more racing for the fans,” said Kirchner.
People who love motors and gearheads in general will find something they enjoy at the Jamboree.
“The Lima Jamboree opens our season, and it is the granddaddy of off road events in the area for sure. It’s in its 33rd year this year. I would say it’s definitely a powerhouse off road weekend. We have a little bit of everything for anyone who is into off road, the off road industry and the off road entertainment. Everything from monster truck racing for kids to the mud bogs for the average guy who wants to get in his daily driver truck and take it through a big pile of mud. They love it! Also, one of the big fan favorites is the burn out competition, and all of these off road events are geared towards the average guy driving in his daily driver truck or Jeep,” said Kirchner. “We feel its like a state fair for off road gear heads.”
Vendors from around the country will be on hand displaying and selling their wares.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.