Heritage: The Show Is Over

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Rubber to concrete; wheels suspended in the air; trucks moving in ways that defy expectation; just a typical day at the Heritage Show in Whitesburg.

“This isn't a hobby. This isn't a fun thing to do on the weekends. I’m a mini-trucker when I wake up. I’m a mini trucker when I go to sleep. I am when I drink, when I think, when I eat I am,” said Lee Caudill.

Meet Lee Caudill. For more than a decade now, thousands of folks have traveled to the show he founded, which is what makes this last year so difficult.

“In all sincerity the money is just not there anymore and while we contribute almost a quarter of a million dollars to the local economy, with the way things are, it's just so hard to get sponsors,” Caudill said.

Attendee’s of the event say the final days were emotional for them as well.

“I've seen so many people crying saying we want to come back. It’s hard for them to see that this is over,” said Sarah Bentley.

“Every year we start a countdown. We all go home on Sunday and every year we wait 365 days for this weekend to come,” said Josh Wyatt.

And although that day may not come next year, Caudill says the journey has been worth every second.

“I’m so proud to contribute to my community. Couldn't be any prouder about where I am,” Caudill said.

And true to that sense of community, Caudill says if the event cannot happen in Whitesburg, it won't happen at all.

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