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One Action-Packed Weekend

Sep 20th, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri RoskopfOn Wednesday, September 7, eight of us from Wisconsin piled into a van and headed south to Chattanooga to participate in the many activities at the Tennessee Tow Show celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first tow truck manufactured by Ernest Holmes.

The weekend included a Hall of Fame Meet and Greet, Museum fundraising auction and Hall of Fame Reunion, the Tennessee Tow Show Vendor Appreciation on Thursday, Friday’s Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony – which included a fellow tower from Wisconsin — the Wall of Fallen Name Unveiling Ceremony on Saturday and ended Saturday night with a 100th anniversary celebration parade and gathering at Ross’s Landing which included food, music, cake and fireworks!

The Tennessee Tow Truck Association, TowTimes magazine and the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum put on an awesome tow show, memorable museum events and fun 100th anniversary celebrations. I couldn’t believe how fast the weekend went and how good it was to see so many towing friends from across the country.

The Tennessee Tow Show did not disappoint attendees. It included numerous vendors and exhibitors, educational seminars, a beauty contest, antique trucks, prize drawings and just an all-around festive and welcoming atmosphere.

While the weekend was filled with lots of fun and laughter, it was an emotional weekend as well. I’m always amazed at the biographies of the Hall of Fame inductees. Everyone inducted not only supports the towing and recovery industry, they give so much back to their communities. How they find the time to do that is amazing. And it was emotional as they all said they couldn’t do it without the support of their family, friends, employees and colleagues.

The reading of the names added to the Wall of Fallen was sad, yet having the memorial there to honor these men and women is a great tribute to them and a reminder of how we are all a united as a towing family.

On the long ride home I was reminded that while there are many challenges in running a towing business, it’s the many friends of towing I have that make it all worth it.