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By JUDITH OTT
Correspondent 

NE Man Leads Convoy of Dreams

 

September 26, 2019

Judith Ott

Parker Claycomb of New Enterprise, who drives for Keystone Ag, was the leader of Make-A-Wish Foundation's convoy Sept. 7. The convoy went through downtown Bedford and Everett.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Bedford Fairgrounds came to life with big rigs, big hearts, and big dreams.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Bedford County held its second annual truck convoy. Under the leadership of Lisa Jay, this event was a huge success.

Jay started in April to get everything in place for this event. She expressed her gratitude to all the sponsors and the truckdrivers who participated to make this event happen.

"These truckdrivers are a great group, many of which came from far away and many stayed up half the night to get their trucks polished for this show," Jay said.

According to Jay, last year's event raised $27,000.

Registration began at 7 a.m. Sept. 7. When everyone had registered, there was a total of 92 trucks. Fifteen Wish Kids were also registered. At 9 a.m. the event started with selling of 50/50 tickets, basket raffle of more than 50 baskets including bikes and a television, and voting. Voting was done by having a bucket in front of each truck, and trophies were awarded for some categories. There was a Drivers Choice award, where the drivers voted on the truck they thought was best in the show. There was also a Wish Kid trophy, where the wish child voted for the truck they liked the best. The People's Choice Award was given for the most money in the buckets.

The leader of the convoy this year, which went through downtown Bedford and Everett, was chosen according to how much money a driver gave to Make A Wish from last year. Parker Claycomb of New Enterprise was the winner. Claycomb drives for Keystone Ag from New Enterprise, hauling fertilizer, soybeans and other farm-related products.

Judith Ott

Janielle Grapes, a driver for Smith Transport, Roaring Spring, stands next to a brand new 2020 Freightliner dedicated to "Women in Trucking." The truck was part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's convoy Sept. 7 through Bedford and Everett.

Claycomb says he was surprised to know he had won this title. He gave $500 to the event. Claycomb praised the farmers for what they do, saying, "they are a breed all of their own." He sees them as being very committed, working hard and feeding many people who they consider all to be their family.

Claycomb said he was a little nervous about leading the convoy but praised the leaders of the event for all they do for this great cause.

A drivers' meeting took place at 12:15 p.m. at Jordon Hall. Wish Kids and drivers met up and a banner was given to the truckdriver to be placed on the front of his truck, stating "Wish Kid."

The convoy pulled out at 1 p.m. The excitement was evident as the group got together directly before and had a group picture taken.

Wish Kid cards of the 15 children who had made a wish were posted throughout the building. Some kids wished for a Labradoodle puppy, some to meet a pro baseball player, others to go to Disney.

Smith Transport set up two special trucks at this event. One was a 37-foot wrapped tribute to veterans RV and a brand new 2020 Freightliner dedicated to Women in Trucking and is custom wrapped in the theme.

 

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