Warsaw’s First Friday features truck show and beer garden

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If you like big Trucks and/or beer, First Friday in Warsaw has something for you.

Friday’s main event is a truck show organized by Metzger Trucking of Silver Lake.

Truck cabs – minus the trailers – will be lined up on Center, Buffalo and Market streets from 5 to 9 p.m.

All of the money collected from truck registrations goes to three local charities: Claypool Elementary Boomerang Backpack program, Warsaw Little League and K21 Cancer Care Fund.

“Metzger Trucking Show & Shine” is for large and small trucks of all kinds, including everything from pickups, semi-trucks, garbage trucks to concrete trucks.

Organizers were unsure how many trucks would participate. Pre-registration will  continue until the event begins.

Truck drivers are asked to enter the downtown from South Buffalo.

Groups of trucks seeking to be placed alongside each other should gather at the old Marsh parking lot where organizers will help coordinate placement of the vehicles, said Paula Bowman, coordinator for the event.

A spokesperson for Metzger said they hope to attract several dozen vehicles.

There is no judging contest – just a fun event to raise money for charity, according to a news release from the company.

Entry fee to show a truck is $20. Pre-registration already began online at facebook.com/metzgertrucking1/.

As a result of the truck show, the amount of street closings to traffic in the immediate area has been expanded. The street closings will include another block on South Buffalo south of Market, plus Market Street between Buffalo and Indiana Street.

Also part of First Friday is a beer garden and live music at the city hall plaza.

The beer garden runs from 7 to 11 p.m.  Los Lemons will provide live entertainment in the beer garden.

Bowman said about 48 vendors will be on the plaza and around the Kosciusko County courthouse lawn.

Once again, the Kids Zone will be available at the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn and overseen by Crossroads Community Church from 5 to 9 p.m.

The controlled atmosphere has some inflatables and is a chance for adults to drop off children mingle on their own, Bowman said.

Truck show sponsors include Crouse Body Shop, Ferguson Farms, Fort Wayne Auto Truck Auction, Monteith Tire, Northern Gases, Palmer Trucks of Fort Wayne, Stafford Solid Waste, TranZstar Inc., Warsaw Buick GMC, and Toyota of Warsaw.