Rescheduled and Restricted, but Still Rad as Ever!
After 25 successful years hosting the nation’s largest weekend-long, mini-truck inspired show and shine style event, COVID-19 put the brakes on the 26th annual Mini Truckin’ Nationals—but that didn’t last long thanks to a hard-working team of dedicated friends and family.
With approval from the city and support from the mini-truck community, Jason Bell was able to secure a later date in 2020 to host the show at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in North Carolina. With some standard restrictions and social distance markers in place, a safe and successful year was had by all, just like every other year in the past.
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is home to Cataloochee Ski Area and the former Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park. U.S. Route 19 is the main road through Maggie Valley, and it leads east 35 miles to the heavily visited Asheville.
To understand the impact that the event has on this small-town community, we looked up a few interesting numbers. As of the 2010 census, Maggie Valley had a population of 1,150. The 2020 Mini Truckin’ Nationals had to set a cutoff at 700 trucks, which sold out within a few days of the presale launch. So, with all the show trucks that made the entry list along with all the fans who came to attend the event, Maggie Valley had more out-of-town custom trucks and visitors on the streets than it had in-town residence. Those are some pretty crazy stats—and what a great impact on the local economy!
If this year was too risky to travel, we totally understand. Luckily, thanks to a few fine sponsors like Belltech, Classic Parts of America and United Pacific Industries, we were able to bring this event directly to you LIVE on Facebook, YouTube and event our website. Did you miss it? Scan the QR code below to see some of the best weekend interviews!
Next year should be safer and easier, so we think you should plan your weekend now. The 2021 Southeast Mini Truckin’ Nationals will be held on April 23-25, 2021 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in NC. This will be the 27th annual show and one you won’t want to miss. Come out and help us make this the biggest one ever! For more information, visit
“Best of” & “Specialty Awards”
Best of Show – Mike Barcia
Best Truck – Kevin Riffey
Best Mini-Truck – Darrel Poe Jr.
Best SUV – David Shulman
Best Paint – Chris Clark
Best Graphics – Craig Rawley
Best Interior – Chris Wilson
Best Engine – David Richards
Bells Rod Shop pick – David Culpepper
Promoter’s Pick – Chris Rawlins
Chick’s Pick – Greg Lanosz
People’s Choice – Tom Bennett
Best Female Ride – Sonya Echel
Best Old School – Bobby Morris
Under Construction – Jason Perdue
Best Frame – Tommy Pearson
Best Fabrication – Chance Franks
Best Engineered – Anthony Florance
Attention to Detail – Brandon Burrell
Best Muscle – Cooper Hayre
Showstopper – Ryan Shore
Trendsetter – Phat Phabz
Club Participation – Freaks of Nature
Club Quality – Relaxed Atmosphere
Mini-Truckers Union – Thad Cunningham
Special Interest – Jason Feltham
Special Interest – Stephen Robinson
Hard Luck – Aaron Berlin
Long Distance – Craig Baird
Sparkles Detail – Crystal Dow
#minimovement – Craig Baird
East Tennessee Showdown – Jake Raleigh
Bayou Showdown – Bill Miller
Sparks Show – Marilyn Foody
CTM Editor’s Pick – Brian Thompson
CTM Staff Pick – Tabitha Combs
Relaxed Atmosphere – Chad Wheeler
Banzai Cruisers – Craig Baird
SHEnanigans – Marilyn Foody
Little Angels Memorial – Phillip Sheeks