LAKE GEORGE - For months, two Capital Region truckers have been posting flyers on hundreds of truck-stop bulletin boards across the nation, advertising Saturday's truck convoy into Lake George.
Their promotional prowess may pay off this weekend, as hundreds of long-haul truckers are expected to descend on Lake George for a convoy, truck expo and show.
"It's way beyond our expectations now - it's gonna be huge," convoy co-organizer Charles Claburn said. "We're gonna break the Guinness Book of Records for the size of a convoy event."
Claburn and cohort Bill Sutton of Batavia N.Y. said they expect at least 300 and maybe 500 or more truckers to attend the event, headquartered at Fort William Henry Resort in Lake George.
The long-haul truck show will feature tricked-out truck cabs, customized with chrome, wild paint jobs, glitzy lights and unbelievable amenities, Sutton said.
Hundreds of truckers from all over the nation have registered to attend, Sutton said.
"Truckers are coming from all quarters of the country, from Seattle to Florida to New Hampshire to California," he said. "We may just be overwhelmed."
The event is planned as a fundraiser for the Prospect Center, which serves children of the Glens Falls region who have developmental disabilities.
Sutton said Prospect Center of Queensbury was chosen as beneficiary because of its financial need in this era of economic uncertainty and specifically the state budget cuts to children with developmental issues.
The event is being planned in conjunction with Citizens & Truckers United, a national organization of long-haul truckers of which Sutton is state director.
Sutton said Saturday's events begin at 11:30 a.m. when the convoy forms at Scotty's Truck Stop in Wilton off I-87 Northway Exit 16, and heads toward Lake George. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and ends when the engines are fired up, he said. The convoy might include 164 trucks from the Army National Guard, logging trucks and dump trucks besides the 18-wheelers, he said.
After arriving at Exit 22 in Lake George, the truckers will re-group before heading through the village on Canada St. in a parade beginning at about 12:30 p.m. This convoy will end at Fort William Henry, where the show and expo are sited.
Three Nashville bands, including Terry Wooley and his group, will be performing country-western music during the afternoon on the resort grounds, he said.
At 6 :30 p.m., an awards banquet will be held, granting trophies to the most impressive rigs in the afternoon's Show-n-Shine event, he said.
Sutton said that some impressive customized cabs appearing on television's Trick My Truck series will likely be in the show.
"There will definitely be some exotic, wild trucks in the show," he said, noting that some entries might be worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars. "There will be all sorts of real cool stuff you wouldn't normally see."
The evening ends with a fireworks cruise - tickets are still available by calling (585) 300-7327, he said. The public can watch the display on the shoreline at about 9:30 p.m.
Sutton said he's hoping the village is filled this weekend with spectators as well as truck cabs, truckers and their fancy hauling machines.
"We're getting revved up and ready to go," he said.