The Traxxas Monster Truck Tour is scheduled to make a stop at the Crown Coliseum today and Saturday.

Tony Maderazzo, the chief operations officer for the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour, has a theory about big trucks.

"I personally don't think it matters if you were the boy who played with the Tonka truck or the girl who took it away from him," he said. "Everybody loves big trucks."

If that's true, everybody might want to visit the Crown Coliseum Friday and Saturday.

The Crown is playing host to the Traxxas Monster Truck tour at 7:30 p.m. both days.

Six trucks will compete in the show. Their names make it obvious they are the monster variety: Skully. Craniac. X-Maxx. Bad to the Bone. The Champ. Transaurus.

The trucks and their drivers will compete in racing, wheelie and freestyle competitions. And while the trucks run over junked cars as part of the show, Maderazzo said it's not a demolition derby. Not that these babies aren't capable of doing some damage.

"These are full size, 10 feet tall, 12 feet wide, 10,000 pound monster trucks," Maderazzo said. "When you stand up next to one of them and the average person isn't as tall as the tire, that's something else to see."

Traxxas is based in McMinnville, Texas, and sends its trucks to shows all over the country. It hosts as many as five shows a weekend, Maderazzo said.

The racing and wheelie events are exactly what they sound like. The freestyle event sets the drivers free to do what monster trucks do best.

"They're going to be doing wheelies, doughnuts, getting big air. Whatever the course allows them to do," Maderazzo said. "They do whatever they have to do to win the hearts of the fan. It's what people really think of when they think of monster truck."

Audiences will have a chance to get up close and personal with the trucks during the show.

A "pit party" an hour before the show starts is an opportunity for audiences to meet the drivers and get autographs. The event requires a separate pass.

The drivers also will sign autographs after the show.

"All the drivers do go up to the autograph session and they'll stay at those tables until everybody who wants to see them gets some time with them," Maderazzo said. "We enjoy that interaction with the fans."

Audience members also will get an opportunity to ride in one of the trucks during the pit party and at intermission, Maderazzo said.

Maderazzo called the monster truck show "very family oriented." He said it's not just gearheads who show up.

"We really do attract young kids that are fascinated by it and adults that were fascinated by it as kids," Maderazzo said. "We see everything from kids to grandparents. We always say, '8 to 80.' We see everybody in between."

Staff writer Rodger Mullen can be reached at rmullen@fayobserver.com or 486-3561.