In the summer of 2020, Dickinson has seen its fair share of car shows. But Saturday’s event in Dickinson may be the biggest, baddest and toughest of all as the Monster Trucks roll into town.
Monster Truck Thunder will be revving their engines with the eagerness to destroy cars, soar up to 30 feet into the air, and perform stunts that shake the Stark County fairgrounds and leave the fans roaring as loud as the engines. Kids will also be able to experience what it’s like to ride in a monster truck at the event.
While most have only seen these stunts through the television screen, fans will be able to feast their eyes on some of the toughest drivers the country has to offer.
Steve Quercio, the owner of Monster Truck Thunder, said the company has been functioning for 30 years with each year getting bigger and better. However, it has been a few years since the Monster Trucks came to Dickinson, and the first time they performed at the Stark County Fairgrounds.
“All-in-all it’s about an hour and a half night of entertainment with an outside venue with plenty of room,” Quercio said. “I got trucks coming in from across the United States, from Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, all over.”
While the event is scheduled to begin at 7:30, the doors will open at 5 p.m. and will have some special features for those that come in early, such as a pit party and a ‘tough truck’ segment for the locals that want to show off their trucks.
“If somebody wants to come enter their truck, and drive over little humps and bumps, all they got to do is show up at the back gate at 5 p.m. and they can enter their own trucks if they want to,” Quercio said.
Currently, there is no mandates happening at the event. Querico added the outside venue was the perfect place to help with distancing and masks are optional.
“There’s no mandate on masks, however a person feels comfortable, we want them to be comfortable,” he said.
With sports beginning to return to the mainstream, so is motor vehicles and Monster Trucks, but hours of planning and preparation come into these functions.
“We’ve just started back up about five weeks ago,” Quercio said. “We mainly put together a tour that’s bringing us up through five or six different venues up in North and South Dakota.”
Following Saturday’s performance, Monster Truck Thunder will appear in Jamestown on Wed., August 5, and Mandan on August 7 and 8 before leaving for California.
Tickets for the event are $19 online for adults, $25 for VIP, and $13 for children. To order tickets, go to https://monstertruckthunder.ticketleap.com/.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the ticketing website as monstertruckmonster.com. The article has been corrected to reflect the actual website, which is monstertrucktrunder.ticketleap.com.