Every single show season presents the opportunity to photograph some of the country's coolest trucks built in the off-season. When it comes to the nation's biggest shows and which ones offer the most vehicles being debuted, Showfest is definitely at the top. The Ninth Annual Showfest, put on by Assorted Miniatures, was held at the Washington County Convention Center in Greenville, Mississippi. Just as in years past, it once again brought out some of the top mini-trucks from coast to coast.
Voted Show of the Year by the MT staff in 2003 for being such an all-around awesome event, excellent planning and preparation made this year no different. Although many people were checking the weather forecast (which wasn't pretty) at least a week prior to the May 15-16 show dates, the turnout was incredible. We didn't think it was possible to fit more people into the city of Greenville than last year, but we were wrong. As usual, the city's hotels were booked up months prior to the event, as were most of the hotels in the surrounding areas. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to book your room in advance, fellow mini-truckers were willing to help each other out.
We rolled into the show on Friday afternoon, and the rain was really coming down. According to the Weather Channel, it was likely to rain Saturday, with a slight possibility for more on Sunday. For some reason, we weren't all that worried about the weather because every year the showgrounds are packed, rain or shine (still, taking pictures is a little more difficult in the rain). God was really on our side because although it was overcast on Saturday, there was almost no rain. This gave us the chance to snap tons of pictures of hundreds of the nation's finest minis attending the show.
With turnout reaching nearly 1,000 show vehicles (almost 200 more customs to gawk at than last year), more than 9,000 people came to check out what Showfest was all about. We walked the huge showgrounds up and down until we were satisfied that we'd seen every single mini-truck in attendance and had a chance to talk with tons of our fellow mini-truckin' friends and family. We also saw what was new for this year by visiting a few of the vendors, including Air Ride Technologies, Drop 'Em Wear?, Ekstensive Metal Works, IF Customs, Kaik Products, Memphis Car Audio, Silver Star Customs, Suicide Doors.com, and others.
We finally had some sunshine on Sunday, which really helped when it came time to shoot all the awesome feature vehicles that showed up this year. After the features were handled, we went back to the show just in time for the trophies and to see who won the Silver Star Customs' giveaway Blazer. Since there were so many mini-truck classes, we'll list a few of the First Place spots. First Place for Nissan Radical went to Jeremy English and his roadstered Hardbody. Toyota Radical First was given to Steve Hodges, while S-10 Radical First Place went to Joe Schmelzer. Isuzu Radical First was rightfully handed to Eddie Pritchard and his green p'up. Mazda Radical First Place was given to Chris Star and his bright B-series. First Place in Ranger Radical went to Michael Adams with his fully detailed red-and-silver Ranger, which also took Best of Show Mini-Truck.
Assorted Miniatures would like to thank all the dedicated mini-truckers who continue to make the trek from all parts of the country, rain or shine, as well as its dedicated sponsors: Air Lift Co., Kaik Products, and Fusion Audio. For more information on Showfest, contact: Keith, (601) 924-1706; www.clubassorted.com.
Be sure to join us next year for one of the best mini-truck show experiences possible. See you at Showfest 2005. For the scoop on Greenville, Mississippi's nightlife, check out the Greenville Nights party coverage on page 36.