By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT
MATHISTON — The Ninth Annual Swine and Shine Truck Show was kicked off with a beautiful day for a shiny truck show and a delicious swine tasting on Sept. 29.
Curtis and Paula Johnson have served each year as the official hosts for this family-oriented show, welcoming truckers, antique car and truck buffs, merchandize vendors, pickers and grinners (singers) and viewers (like me) to come socialize, eat, listen to the music, browse at the vendors and admire all of the beautiful trucks.
According to Ms. Paula, 30 to 50 trucks were spread around on the Red Kap parking lot with plenty of viewing room. These truckers usually come from all over the state — a time to shine.
This year the truckers were required to register their truck and their family at the front gate with Jeff and Beth Collum.
Admission is free and a whole host of merchants donated many door prizes: Day Dreamer’s Chrome Shack from Poplarville, Little Bros. Truck Wash from West Point, Parker Brothers from Calhoun City, H&O Truck Repair from West Point, AirTool Supply and John Deere Tractor from Vardaman, Thompson Machinery Power from Columbus, Columbus Wholesale Tire, and Morris Massey, McCool, donated chrome wheel polish. These door prizes were available to truckers only.
At the front gate was a pile of door prizes that were for the truckers’ wives, whoever had the lucky ticket.
The children also had a pile of prizes to be won with the lucky ticket.
Viewers could participate in the 50/50 drawing: tickets were $1 each. Two names were drawn and they divided the pot.
The “Guess the Number of Pieces of Candy” game was won by Kim Craig. The “Guess the Amount of Money in the Jar” game was won by Kristen and Zack Winfred. The closest guess is the winner.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Johnson coordinated the food: Jim Blizzard from Trebloc donated the hog that was cooked by J.R. Hillhouse. Walter and Jay Shuffield cooked the chickens. Derek Oswalt donated the cooked beans. Jimmy McKee donated the BBQ sauce. Larry’s of Eupora cooked the fish.
The wives of truckers, and friends and neighbors donated the desserts. Everybody that wanted to ate. Food was provided at no charge, but monetary donations are always appreciated. If anyone’s name was left off, I apologize. This year’s show was dedicated to the memory of Jessie Peay, Wayne Vaughan and Sybil Heath according to the Johnsons.
For everyone’s enjoyment, the crowd was entertained after lunch by the Longview Opry, Red Williams, Jackie Christopher, John Jackson, Micky and Judy Hodges, Nicole Coleman and Cheryl Smith. The Opry Band is made up of Jerry McGinnis, Billy Joe McGinnis, Pete Bates, Nicole Coleman and Maxie Peterson (who was absent). First-time views will learn to bring your own chair.
Not only were there numerous trucks, there were a number of antique cars and trucks.
My favorite was the 1965 Shelby Cobra owned by John Scales of Maben.
The Swine and Shine hosts thank the town of Mathiston for the use of the Red Kap parking lot. It is such an ideal location and the pavement parking lots are excellent for the vehicles.
According to Curtis Johnson, this is a family-oriented event; it was established to show off trucks and mingle with friends with mutual interest.
Viewers need to put this on their calendar of events to go see in the future.