Hamilton’s ‘Dancing Trucker’ danced for peace over the weekend at the Ohio Statehouse

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Protestors gather outside of Ohio Statehouse on Sunday

Hamilton’s “Dancing Trucker” John Drury was among the people who showed up Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse.

Wearing a black shirt that read “The Dancing Trucker,” Drury said he was “dancing for peace.”

“There’s good in the world, that’s what I stand for,” Drury said. “I don’t need to be a follower. I’m a leader.”

For years, Drury has danced outside the Butler County Courthouse on Sunday to “bring joy to others.”

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“This all got started in 2011 when I lost 100 pounds through dance, dance fitness and Zumba,” Drury told the JournalNews in 2017.

He added, " I try to get people to step out of their comfort zone. There is a stereotype involved with dancing in public.”

From truck stops to competitive dance competitions, the “Dancing Trucker,” who also does part-time security for the Bengals, has become somewhat of a local phenomenon.

Getting positive feedback from onlookers and on social media tugs at Drury’s heart. The bond created has helped him deal with a personal tragedy.

“About two years ago, my mother, (Sandra Drury) was killed by a drunk driver on her way to church,” he said. “That was just the worst thing. She was just a kind, giving person. So that is another reason I want to get out here and just spread joy and get smiles. It helps me too. I don’t want money or just attention.”

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