Mack Trucks holds annual Bulldog Roundup

September 18, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

It was a truck lover's paradise.

Almost 150 trucks - dump trucks, tractor-trailer cabs, fire trucks and antique trucks - were at the Mack Trucks Inc. plant north of Hagerstown for the sixth annual Bulldog Roundup on Saturday.

For $1, anyone with a driver's license could get behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer and drive around a fenced-off section of the parking lot.

"I think I gave the guy whiplash," Donna Miller, 57, of Thurmont, Md., said of the truck driver who accompanied her on her big rig test drive.


"Every year that's our most popular (attraction)," said Jo Ellen Knight, a buyer for Mack Trucks and a roundup organizer. "As soon as they hear the trucks start up, the lines form."

Larry Pepple, also a buyer at Mack Trucks and the man in charge of the $1 truck drives, estimated about 1,000 people drove on Saturday.

The money raised is donated to Marshall Street School, a Hagerstown school for the disabled, Knight said.

The roundup also had a dunking booth, a driving competition for licensed truck drivers and the scores of trucks on display.

Jon Hardy, a 12-year-old from Dale City, Va., was looking over some of the engines on display with his cousin and grandfather.

"It's awesome. I like how everything is so big," Hardy said.

Knight said the crowd looked a little bigger than last year's, when about 15,000 people attended the one-day event.

Knight said the event was started to improve the company's image in the community.

About 1,140 people work at the Hagerstown plant, making truck engines and transmissions.

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