Those visiting The Dinner Bell on Wednesday for the meat and three lunch special got a side order treat.

Sitting on the front lawn of the South Harper Road eatery was the colossal War Wizard known for killing the competition in monster truck events across the county. The enormous ride is one of five Monster Jam stars bound for the Crossroads Arena this weekend.

Set for Friday and Saturday night, Mega Monster Mania 2020 roars to life at 7:30 p.m. each night with a special pit party beginning at 6 p.m.

"It's going to be two great nights," said Cory Johnson with the Crossroads Arena. "These awesome monster trucks and our rough and rowdy tough truck division make both nights great, all-around fun."

The event will feature Monster Jam trucks including 2014 Young Gun Champion and 2015 Freestyle Champion Overkill Evolution, seven-time Thunder National Champion Black Stallion driven by Hall of Framer Mike Varers, current Monster Jam truck Brutus, two-time Monster Jam Freestyle Champion Avenger driven by Jim Koehler, new ride truck Split Personality and War Wizard driven by RJ Turner.

In addition to the normal competition the event is known for, Johnson said there will be a surprise awaiting attendees.

"For the first time ever at the Crossroads Arena, the monster truck event will feature a long jump competition," he told the Daily Corinthian.

A local tough truck competition will also jumpstart each night.

"These are a lot of fun - it's all local guys with local trucks competing for a total cash payout of $1,000," said Johnson.

The two-night event is sponsored by Crossroads Chevrolet, Sunbelt Rentals and The Dinner Bell.

Tickets are available online at or at the arena box office.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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