May 9, 2005 - Back in 1976, Pat Ford and
his brother purchased a 1956 Ford pickup from behind a chicken coop
in rural North Carolina. That old classic truck needed lots of work
and polish, but Fords love affair with the F-100 model was underway.
Fast-forward to 2005 and what began as a hobby has grown into the
largest F-100 truck show in the world, taking place this weekend
in Knoxville. More than 1,500 owners and enthusiasts are expected
to convene at Chilhowee Park May 12-14 for the 27th annual F-100
Supernationals & Ford Family Reunion.
event has welcomed attendees from all 50 states as well as international
guests from Canada, Japan, Holland, England, Sweden, Australia,
South Africa and more. Some of this years truck owners participated
in the "Super Tour," a cross-country trek that began in California
and gathered truckers convoying all the way to Tennessee.
Activities during the weekend feature vendor exhibits, food and
music plus giveaways and awards including the much-anticipated "Truck
of the Year."
The event is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the Chilhowee Park
gates. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free
for children ages 12 and under. A three-day pass may be purchased
The KTSC projects that the F-100 Supernationals & Ford Family
Reunion will have a local economic impact of $2,070,000.