Charlie Cobble has been putting on car and truck shows around the east end of Tennessee for more than 20 years. Most of his shows have been held in Pigeon Forge at various locations up and down the main drag through the town. Charlie, being the mini-truck fan that he is, got the opportunity to take over the Slammin' & Jammin' show several years back. The show already had a good following, and since its beginning it has always been held in Lebanon, Tennessee, at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center, about 30 miles east of Nashville.
This 13th annual Slammin' & Jammin' is billed as a three-day event, with the gates opening for registration and judging on Friday. Several hundred vehicles drifted in as the afternoon came to a close Friday. The early-bird participants had the chance to stake out a good location to set up for the weekend's fun.
Things got underway early Saturday, with the gates opening at 8 a.m. to let in the participants who were lined up outside. Some of the best rides from all over the country made the trip to be part of this great event. There were a number of rides that had already been featured in most of the truck magazines and a few of them had even made the covers. Falken Tire was the main sponsor, with their big blue tent being set up right in front of the main gate where everyone could see it as they rolled in.
The most notable thing about Slammin' & Jammin', besides all the nice rides, is it's known for having a huge participation in the bikini contest. With first place paying more than $500, lots of cuties come from all around to take a crack at the win-ning spot. This year, 25 great-looking ladies took part in the event and the judges had a very hard time picking a winner. But after several rounds and a little help from the crowd a Miss Slammin' & Jammin' was crowned.
As things began to wind down on Saturday evening many of the participants who were camped on the grounds headed back to their camp areas and fired up their grills. The folks that stayed in a motel headed back to their rooms to get cooled off and hit some of the many local restaurants. The rest of the evening was spent cruising the main boulevard in Lebanon or partying back at the various motels.
On Sunday, everyone drifted back to the showgrounds to take down their tents and load up their rides. The awards were slated to get underway at 1 p.m. Charlie does things a little differently. The big awards were handed out first. Then the class awards were announced and the winners went to the building next door to the stage to pick up their trophies. This way everyone gets to see who the top winners are. Before the announcements of the class awards started, Charlie brought a fellow up on the stage about some kind of mix-up in his registration. But this was all a plan for him to propose to his girlfriend in front all the showgoers. She happily accepted, and saved him a lot of embarrassment.
This year's Slammin' & Jammin' was another great success. The show will be held again next year the last weekend in May at the same location. So mark your calendar and make plans to attend. To see a complete rundown of all the winners, or to get next year's information, go to www.autoshows.cc and check it out