Convoy lights the night Saturday

Evening's activities begin in Oak Bay around 5 p.m.

Lighted trucks are expected in Oak Bay around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hundreds of illuminated big rigs add extra sparkle to Oak Bay streets Saturday.

The 2016 Island Equipment Owners Association Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive will see trucks from across the region rumble along from Ogden Point in Victoria through Oak Bay and Saanich to Western Speedway in Langford. Along the way they’ll collect cash and food donations for local food banks.

Over the years, Laura Brewer has seen the event grow into something really special. It had a modest start, she said, with a local business owner gathering  a few friends and decorating their trucks to park outside of grocery stores to collect food.

More got involved and the event grew to 80 trucks, often with a waiting list for businesses to participate.

The event raises between 6,500 and 10,000 pounds of food, distributed to food banks across the region. During the past 17 years, roughly 148,000 pounds of food has been collected.

Owners and drivers go all out with lights, inflatables, sound systems and other decorations.

The convoy leaves Ogden Point at 5:45 p.m. and finishes in Langford around 8:30 p.m.

Since trucks are moving, they do not collect donations, leaving that to different groups and businesses along the route.

In Oak Bay the fun starts on the lawn of municipal hall at 5 p.m.

Visit www.ieoa.ca for more information.

 

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