On December 11, 2004, a group of ATHS members from the Mason-Dixon, Shenandoah Valley and Susquehanna Valley Chapters got together at Clearbrook, VA to discuss having a multi-chapter truck show.
Fred Craig of the Mason-Dixon Chapter and Joe Hulver who represented the Stonewall District Ruritan Club and Frederick County Fairgrounds led the first meeting. Discussions were centered around having a truck show and a truck parts related flea market. Fred Craig proposed the idea of having the multi chapter show and initiated the first contact the three chapters, the Ruritan and the Fairgrounds.
Each of the three chapters put up funds to open a checking account and in January 2005 Tristate Antique Truck Show was becoming a reality.
The first people to lead the shows were Fred Craig- the show chair, Glenn Martin- Treasurer, John Hiestand- the flea market, Jim Alexander-volunteer coordinator, Buzz and Carolyne Payne and Michele Van Pelt registration. Many others contributed their time to help make this show successful.
The first show was held September 22-24, 2005, with over 200 trucks registered. Deemed a huge success a sizable donation was made to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In the years following donations were focused more to local charities in the areas of the participating chapters.
Baltimore-Washington became a participating chapter is 2013. As the show has grown over the years they were welcomed by the other chapters.
This show has consistently featured approximately 300 trucks on display
-Friday night dinner by the Ruritans
-Slow Crawl Friday at 1:00PM
-Movie Thursday and Friday Night
-Breakfast/lunch options sold by local
-50/50 drawing Friday and Saturday
-New this year long Distance award
Please register early, limited campsites are available. Flea Market vendors are encouraged to sign up for a space and offer truck related items for sale.
SPONSORS ARE NEEDED to help support this event. We welcome corporate and individual sponsors. Recognition of sponsors take place throughout the three-day event.
I am the current President of the show and have been involved with the show for the past 14 years starting out by helping park spectators vehicles and just kept becoming more involved with the show to help keep the interest of old trucks and the trucking industry alive while sharing my passion of old trucks as well, I have been a member of ATHS since 1999. The Tri-State Show is a great family event and enjoy being a part of this with my wife Jeanette, and grand-daughter Sydnee as we are a group of great friends coming together to put this show together for everyone to enjoy and help the community with the proceeds of the show.
I bring my 63 one ton Chevy to the show and I feel it is one of the best shows in the area. I enjoyed attending with my dad and grandad and now since his passing me and my dad plan to continue the tradition. We plan a little vacation around the show. I have enjoyed building the dicast raffle truck for the past three years and plan to continue
I have been involved with Tristate and ATHS with my pawpaw since I was about 2 years old. R Model Macks (red) are my favorite. My picture was in the "Show Time" magazine from the national show in Springfield in 2022 "Women of ATHS."
Love picking on the truckers and love the trucks
Love seeing old trucks and visiting old friends
Enjoy going with old friends and making new ones.