Wood County hosts Saturday Night Lights Truck Parade
By Rapids City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – The first annual Saturday Night Lights Semi Truck parade was hosted by Marshfield Fairgrounds Park on July 13.
Sixteen semi trucks mapped out a short parade route on Marshfield streets from the Fairgrounds and back, with 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.