Posted February 10, 2014 05:32 pm - Updated February 10, 2014 05:38 pm

SOAT: There is nothing like it

Here's me catching a few Zzz during the '09 SOAT competition.

There's just nothing like standing next to 24 strangers for days while trying to win a truck.

As a two-time competitor, I will miss Stuck on a Truck more than most. I haven't taken part in the event since 2009, but every year — like so many others — I become enthralled with it and spend most of my day constantly checking the webcams or actually sitting at the tent. It was truly an event like no other.

Monday's announcement that there would be no contest in 2014 was depressing for this former contestant.

Being a part of the event is like being a part of an exclusive club. Do it more than once and you're referred to as a freak of some sort. Regardless, my more than 150 hours — or more than six days — on two different Ford trucks was well worth the experience. The people around you become family. 

And spending countless hours standing next to each other, all while becoming more and more delirious, makes for great conversations.

For those reasons, and several others, Toad Suck Daze won't be the same for me this year. I understand the move by Centennial Bank to offer the area to emergency personnel, and I commend it, but part of me wishes SOAT could go on like always.

Bank president David Druey wouldn't rule out the possibility of the event's return in the future. So here's to hoping, fellow SOAT lovers.

In the meantime, it's been fun, Stuck on a Truck.