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52nd Van Nationals

Albert Lea, MN - Freeborn County Fairgrounds

July 9th-13th, 2025

Pre-Party July 7th-8th, 2025



What's Going On

The 52nd Van Nationals offers a wide range of activities that will keep you entertained throughout the week. From van shows to live music, games and parties, we have it all. Come and join us for a week full of fun and excitement!

Lake Cruise and Van Show Downtown


For the uninitiated, the National Truck-in is an event exclusively for vans,and panel trucks, on a national scale.   What goes on at the Nationals? There is a  judged van show, games and activities for both kids and adults, live music, seminars,vendors and more. The vanners will come in for up to a week and camp. Some just in their van, some with camp trailers some in tents. But The attendees at the National Truck-in all have a van or panel truck.

The 52nd Van Nationals will be held at the Freeborn County fairground in Albert Lea, MN.  The fairgrounds offers areas for full hook-up campers and plenty of open space with electric to setup camp! The fairground link has pics and descriptions of all the areas at the fairgrounds.

Link to the fairgrounds

You can pre-register for the Van Nats and save some $$!  

If you want to use Paypal to register or mail-in payment all the info will be found here!

You will also be able to pay for tropy sponsorship or reserve golf carts and port-a-potties here.

Pre-Registration Info

A big part of the Van Nationals is the Show and Shine and Bright and Shine.  One of the easiest ways to help us with our event is by sponsoring one or more trophies for Show and Shine or Bright and Shine!  Follow the link below for all the info needed and a list of the trophies.

Link to trophy sponsorship

We have a full week of things planned, including a Monday-Tuesday Pre-Party hosted by Dakota Street Vans. Other things planned are a pub crawl, two stages of music, games, theme parties, Vankana games, Vanner's Night in, lake cruise and van show downtown and many, many other things!

Link to schedule of Events

More about National Truckin:

This years Nationals marks the 52nd year for this event. The first Nationals was held in Tiger run, Colorado, in 1973. The idea for this national gathering of vans was proposed by the then editor of Hot Rod magazine,Terry Cook.  The first was hosted by Rocky Mountain Vans. The decision after that first Nationals, was to pass the honor of hosting the event around to worthy clubs around the country and the Nationals would travel to different locations each year. Rocky Mountain Vans being the original host accepted the task of awarding the Nats each year to the best bidding club or group. After a decade, R.M.V. set up a board of directors to take their place, as it became too much for them to continue. The National Truck-in is unique in the automotive world as it is the only National event run totally by the average vanners without any professional promoter being involved. All the hosting groups give much of the proceeds to charity. No one profits personally . All vanners involved in running the event are volunteers.

When coming to the Nationals or any vanner run Truck-in you will find the people very welcoming and friendly.   


Maybe it's time You got a van!

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