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Todd Dills

Mowing down those orange cones

| July 25, 2007

At the Allegany County Fair in Cumberland, Md., this past week, we noticed that the cartoon backdrop of a kiddie ride named Truck Stop depicts happy truckers in the act of mowing down panicked construction workers and their equally panicked orange cones — which have faces like pets, or familiars.

If you want to see Truck Stop for yourself, it’s in Reithoffer Shows’ Blue Unit, and the schedule is here. And while you’re there, please take some photos to send us; our action shots got a bit blurred. (Imagine our shots of the Super-Himalaya.)

Reithoffer Shows, incidentally, claims to have invented the first kiddie-car ride, in 1924. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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