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State truck driving convention held in Branson

Branson was the site of a unique convention this past weekend, when truck drivers from across the state converged on the city for the 56th Annual Missouri Truck Driving Championship.  

In a truck-driving rodeo, over 200 professional drivers put their skills to the test on obstacle courses for several classes of vehicles. Drivers also participated in written tests covering such topics as first aid, safety and industry knowledge.  

The results of the obstacle course competition, the written test and a pre-trip inspection of the truck were combined to obtain the drivers' total scores. The driver with the highest total score in each of the eight classes of vehicles was named the Grand Champion and will go on to compete in the prestigious Truck Driving Nationals.  

The weekend event concluded with a grand march of drivers and an awards banquet on Saturday evening. Many of the drivers were joined by their families, resulting in more than 600 people attending the competition.

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