Jamboree roars back to Lima


By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



Jim Kandel, of New Philadelphia, changes tires on his 4x4 Toyota Tacoma modified “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country.

Jim Kandel, of New Philadelphia, changes tires on his 4x4 Toyota Tacoma modified “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

Mike Lupold, of Apalachin, New York, makes adjustments to his 1975 4x4 Ford F-150 named “War Horse” modified for “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds this weekend. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country.

Mike Lupold, of Apalachin, New York, makes adjustments to his 1975 4x4 Ford F-150 named “War Horse” modified for “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds this weekend. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

Friday, June 7:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Participant registration

10 a.m. - Gates open to public

Noon - SideXSide shootout practice; FMX stunt show (Midway)

1 p.m. - Mud bogs classes (infield)

3 p.m. - Tough trucks challenge practice

4 p.m. Live monster truck racing brack draw and Q&A (Main Stage)

4:30 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

5 p.m. - Miss 4-Wheel Jamboree contest (Midway)

6 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags & Freestyle

All day events: Performance marketplace, 4x4 cruising in the cruise lane, monster truck rides.

Saturday, June 8:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Participant registration

9 a.m. - Gates open to public

9 a.m. - Show-N-Shine seminar (Main Stage)

10 a.m. - Mud bogs class 2 (Infield)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Captain American meet ‘n’ greet (Main Stage)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Next Gen build-off battle judging (Corral, near Main Stage)

11 a.m. - SideXSide shootout practice

11 a.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

Noon - Mud bogs class 4 (Infield)

1:30 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags & Freestyle

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Captain American meet ‘n’ greet (Main Stage)

3 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

4:30 p.m. - Mud bogs class 5&6 (Infield)

5 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

6:30 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Show Freestyle

All day events: Show-N-Shine judging; performance market; 4x4 crusing lanes; monster truck rides.

Sunday, June 9:

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Participant registration

9 a.m. - Gates open to public

11 a.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

Noon - General Tire burnout contest

1 p.m. - Tough trucks consolation race

1:30 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

2 p.m. - Show-N-Shine awards (Main Stage)

3 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags & Freestyle

All day events: Performance market; 4x4 cruise lanes; monster truck rides.

Check www.4wheeljamboree.com for up-to-date schedule and weather delays.

Ticket information:

Tickets will be on sale at the gate or online. One-day passes are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. Two-day passes are $36 for adults and $20 for children. Three-day passes are $54 for adults and $30 for children. Children under three are admitted for free. Discount tickets are also available at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores.

LIMA — Today marks the start of 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals, returning to the Allen County Fairgrounds for the 34th consecutive year.

The three-day off-roading show is one of the largest tourist attractions in Lima each year: An estimated 30,000 people attend annually, generating about $6 million in tourism revenue, according to Cara Venturella, director of tourism for the Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Why so popular?

Venturella thinks the combination of high-energy, “adrenaline pumping” action and family-friendly atmosphere has made the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals a destination for families year after year.

“You can bring your kids out, even your teenagers or 20 or 30-somethings,” she said. “It has something for everyone.”

The Jamboree is known for its monster truck drags, freestyle competitions, UTV racing and off-roading challenges. But there will be new attractions this year too: the FMX motocross stunt team will perform freestyle tricks. And for the kids, Captain American will be meeting with fans at the fairgrounds on Saturday.

The off-roading show attracts spectators from all over Ohio and elsewhere, with a dedicated fan-base who travel to Lima and other 4-Wheel Jamboree competitions year after year.

Nicole and Rodney Heindl, for example, have attended Jamboree Nationals in Lima for 19 years.

The couple were in Lima on Thursday setting up their custom ’96 Dodge Ram and ’79 Jeep Wrangler. The Jamboree is a family affair for the Heindls: The couple’s son, Wesley, started showing his own custom vehicle several years ago, and their daughter, Kaylyn, intends to participate soon.

“(It’s) family-oriented, something fun for us all to do together,” said Nicole Heindl.

The event coincides with other outdoor events in the Lima area, like Rally in the Square in downtown Lima and the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod.

“We feel lucky that they come back every year,” Venturella said.

Jim Kandel, of New Philadelphia, changes tires on his 4x4 Toyota Tacoma modified “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_Jamboree-1-.jpgJim Kandel, of New Philadelphia, changes tires on his 4x4 Toyota Tacoma modified “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
Mike Lupold, of Apalachin, New York, makes adjustments to his 1975 4x4 Ford F-150 named “War Horse” modified for “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds this weekend. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_Jamboree-2-.jpgMike Lupold, of Apalachin, New York, makes adjustments to his 1975 4x4 Ford F-150 named “War Horse” modified for “Tough Truck” category in the 34th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds this weekend. The Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals brings together 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts from coast-to-coast, in addition to thousands of trucks and Jeep vehicles, along with leading parts manufacturers and off-road racers from across the country. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

By Mackenzi Klemann

mklemann@limanews.com

Friday, June 7:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Participant registration

10 a.m. - Gates open to public

Noon - SideXSide shootout practice; FMX stunt show (Midway)

1 p.m. - Mud bogs classes (infield)

3 p.m. - Tough trucks challenge practice

4 p.m. Live monster truck racing brack draw and Q&A (Main Stage)

4:30 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

5 p.m. - Miss 4-Wheel Jamboree contest (Midway)

6 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags & Freestyle

All day events: Performance marketplace, 4x4 cruising in the cruise lane, monster truck rides.

Saturday, June 8:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Participant registration

9 a.m. - Gates open to public

9 a.m. - Show-N-Shine seminar (Main Stage)

10 a.m. - Mud bogs class 2 (Infield)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Captain American meet ‘n’ greet (Main Stage)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Next Gen build-off battle judging (Corral, near Main Stage)

11 a.m. - SideXSide shootout practice

11 a.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

Noon - Mud bogs class 4 (Infield)

1:30 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags & Freestyle

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Captain American meet ‘n’ greet (Main Stage)

3 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

4:30 p.m. - Mud bogs class 5&6 (Infield)

5 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

6:30 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Show Freestyle

All day events: Show-N-Shine judging; performance market; 4x4 crusing lanes; monster truck rides.

Sunday, June 9:

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Participant registration

9 a.m. - Gates open to public

11 a.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

Noon - General Tire burnout contest

1 p.m. - Tough trucks consolation race

1:30 p.m. - FMX stunt show (Midway)

2 p.m. - Show-N-Shine awards (Main Stage)

3 p.m. - General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags & Freestyle

All day events: Performance market; 4x4 cruise lanes; monster truck rides.

Check www.4wheeljamboree.com for up-to-date schedule and weather delays.

Ticket information:

Tickets will be on sale at the gate or online. One-day passes are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. Two-day passes are $36 for adults and $20 for children. Three-day passes are $54 for adults and $30 for children. Children under three are admitted for free. Discount tickets are also available at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores.

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

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