Slamfest, now in its 13th year, continues to grow in attendance and in importance. During the event's colorful history, the Florida MiniMadness chapter has been perfecting its technique of high-volume partying. Everything is always well-organized: Prices are low, cash prizes are big, judging is quick and fair, and folks just keep coming back for more, naturally. The variety of Slamfest events is part of its attraction, from its crowd-pleasing contests to the freebies that fall from the sky during the awards ceremony. Lots of local sponsors have also recognized the show's enduring quality and have become a major part of the event.

Slamfest is always on mandatory attendance lists in the South because it's THE event to attend to show off the latest changes to your custom truck. Publicity teams were everywhere shooting for both print magazines and internet sites catering to custom junkies. This created the perfect reason to make sure that your truck was completed in time for Slamfest. The location also adds to the fun of the show. The Florida State Fairgrounds provides loads of spread-out room for your show display, space for crowd-pleasing club games and sanctioned audio events, plus a large center stage for the ever-popular bikini contest and final award ceremony.

Saturday is always the busiest day of the weekend because of roll-in and judging. However, it's a most-relaxing day for the show's spectators: More than 1,000 colorful custom vehicles were on display for spectators to enjoy, while both competitors and spectators alike enjoyed a warm family reunion-type atmosphere. Sunday was a day of action with several of Slamfest's famous club games taking place. We've noticed that clubs seem to have more fun competing with each other during the club games at Slamfest than at any other show we attend. Entertaining both the spectators and themselves, club teams lined up for wacky games like Backwards Razor Racing, the Bat Circle Relay, and the Frozen T-shirt Flail. Typically, the competitions just result in a hilarious time for everyone within laughing distance. Unfortunately, the traditional Slamfest Burnout Contest was cancelled for this year because they didn't have room to burn rubber since the Fairgrounds was being used to stage and temporarily store National Guard equipment being used to help with the hurricane assistance that was needed just before the event.

The much-anticipated Miss Slamfest Competition attracted more than a dozen ladies vying for the honor of being named Miss Slamfest 2005 and the cash prize that goes along with the title. The roar of the crowd helped the MiniMadness staff determine the winner in no time. By the time awards were over, more than 150 competitors walked away with golden reminders of their efforts. Scoring the top award, Bobby Hillgaertner's full-custom copper, graphic-covered S-10 took Best of Show Mini-truck and $500 in cash. The truck is a past Mini Truckin' cover alumni loaded with stereo gear and rolling on 22s.

They've already started putting the show together for this year (October 1-2, 2005 at the Florida State Fairgrounds). If you would like to learn more about Slamfest, you can find out anything you need to know by visiting www.minimadness.com. Special thanks to event sponsors: Audio Video Empire, Scrap-N-Customs, Street Options and Mild2Wild for the assistance in making this last Slamfest such a raging success.