More than 200 truck drivers from across the state and region will converge Oct. 7 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. Dupont Highway, Harrington, to take part in a police-escorted 29-mile scenic ride — a new route in 2017 — through Kent County.

The Truck Convoy, celebrating its 15th year, is part of a national effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. Delaware’s event is organized by Delaware Law Enforcement, with Walmart, FedEx and Perdue serving as presenting sponsors. In addition to the fairgrounds and Delaware Law Enforcement, supporters include Citgo, Delaware Department of Transportation, WBOC 16 and Fox21 Delmarva.

Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. A live auction for truck positioning will begin at 9:15 a.m. The Convoy will depart the Delaware State Fairgrounds at 10 a.m., and a festival and lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds.

More than $52,000 was raised by 229 trucks at the 2016 event, increasing the 14-year total to more than $485,000 raised for Special Olympics Delaware. Trucks must weigh at least 10-GVW and drivers raise a minimum of $100 to participate.

There is an opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to ride shotgun in the trucks and three designated spectator sections have been designated at the Felton Community Fire Co., Lake Forest North Elementary School in Felton and Taylor & Messick in Harrington.

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