Families and fans of all ages will enjoy the Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series, coming this month to Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. Running from Friday, February 16th to Sunday, February 18th, the event from Feld Entertainment promises to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Monster Jam driver Colton Eichelberger.
Frankie Kujawa: Could you tell our audiences a little about what they can expect from the Monster Jam – Triple Threat Series?
Colton Eichelberger: Monster Jam is one of the most fan-friendly family events around. Our age groups of fans go from two to 80 years old. We appeal to everyone. It’s an action-packed event, with Monster Jam trucks, speedsters, and ATVs. This is not just a trucks event – there are speedsters and ATVs which make it the “triple threat.” We do not stop entertaining the fans. You never know what’s going to happen with these trucks!
Your dad, Tom Meents, was an 11-time Monster Jam World Finals champion. Did that have any bearing on you wanting to go into driving for Monster Jam?
Growing up, I was sort of a little daredevil. At six, I started riding dirt bikes with training wheels, and then without a training wheels. By the time I was 18, I was doing freestyle motocross. That’s what fed my adrenaline and that’s what I wanted to do. You have to be 18 years old to drive for Feld. The day I turned 18, the day of my birthday, I was in a truck driving and joined Feld. It all came so natural for me and I knew that was home. I’ve been driving for them ever since.
Many people don’t know that you’re a full-time college student at Illinois State University. How do you balance time between performing around the country and going to school?
I do have a full college schedule at school, so my life is pretty busy. I’m majoring in Agronomy Management which is a Bachelor of Science in the Agricultural Department. That doesn’t leave much time at home. I have college classes Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm. I then fly out on Thursday night to the city where we are performing, and then fly home on the quickest flight I can get on Sunday. Though, my life is busy I’m living my dream while getting my degree at the same time. That makes it all worth it!
– Frankie Kujawa
- Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.
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