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Trucks get shined, polished for Buckwild Truck and Tractor Classic

Trucks get shined, polished for Buckwild Truck and Tractor Classic
Trucks driven by Brice Schaefer, left, and John Eisel take off from the starting line during truck drag racing at the Buckwild Truck and Tractor Classic at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster on April 25, 2015. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Using a clean white rag to spiff up a multipurpose hauler, C.J. Miller LLC driver Bobby Warfield readied his rig for the third annual Carroll County Buckwild Truck and Tractor Classic.

Warfield, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, is one of hundreds of drivers participating in Saturday's truck show Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.

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"Last Friday, I put in 11 hours of cleaning and polishing," Warfield said.

According to Buckwild organizer Bill Stem, the event is dedicated to Charles "Buck" J. Miller Jr., of Westminster, who died in September 2012. Miller was the owner of C.J. Miller LLC, a Hampstead construction company. His family now runs the company and continues to support Ag Center events.

Stem said the truck show's financial sponsors include C.J. Miller, Bear Truck Center, United Oil Company, Len Stoler Dodge, Finch Services Inc., Westminster Equipment, Hoober Inc. and Morton's Towing.

"All of their help makes sure that all proceeds go directly to the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair and Ag Center," Stem said.

The classic features a variety of vehicles, including dump trucks, tow trucks and tractor-trailers. The participants will be judged and will receive awards for cleanliness and truck condition.

"Guys just want to show off their rigs," Stem said. "This is a great gathering for everybody to see what truckers do and what pride they take in their vehicles."

C.J. Miller driver Bernie Jaspert, of Westminster, has been driving with the company for five years. Many of the company's trucks will be at the event this weekend.

"It's really about the kids," Jaspert said. "Every kid likes a truck, and this way they can take a closer look."

Jaspert said the truck classic is also a great way to check out other trucks and chat with other drivers.

"When you're working on the truck, they definitely get dirty and take a beating," Jaspert said. "When they're looking brand new it shows how much time and effort drivers put into their trucks."

Warfield, who has been driving for 10 years, said truck upkeep requires a lot of elbow grease.

"It shows I'm proud of my equipment," Warfield said. "I also like the competition and looking at other trucks."

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If you go

What: Carroll County Buckwild Truck & Tractor Classic

When: Saturday, April 30. Features a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. truck show, a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. pickup truck dyno, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. show judging, and 2 p.m. pickup drag racing. The Truck Pull will be at 5:30 p.m., featuring semis, pickups and dump trucks. Sunday, May 1 features a 9 a.m. farm stock pull and 1 p.m. interstate pull.

Where: Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster

Cost: Admission is $12, or $20 for a weekend pass. Children 8 years and younger get in free.

To find out about classes and rules, go to www.carrollcountyfair.com or www.carrollcountyagcenter.com. For more information, call 443-398-5329 or 443-277-6891.

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