PICKAWAY TOWNSHIP – An internationally known monster truck business based in Pickaway County will open its doors to the public next month.

PICKAWAY TOWNSHIP An internationally known monster truck business based in Pickaway County will open its doors to the public next month.

Dan Patrick calls his Patrick Enterprises "Pickaway County's best kept secret," but he wants area residents to get familiar with it on Oct. 12.

"We keep a pretty low-profile and we're not open to the general public so we've always had people call and want to tour or stop by," he said.

So for the fourth year, the Patrick family will welcome guests to 26886 Morris Salem Road, Circleville, for one day only to tour their facility and see their world-famous monster truck, Samson, up close and personal.

Dan and now his daughter Allison Patrick, 28, have raced Samson for about three years in Monster Jam events all across the country.

Dan is known as one of the most influential figures in Monster Jam history, having competed at the top level of Monster Jam for nearly 30 years and becoming a top supplier in the monster truck industry.

He will be inducted into the International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame in November.

When he "retired" from racing in January (he still races at big events every once in awhile), his daughter took the wheel.

"I wanted to give it a shot," she said. "I wanted to see if I could do and if I liked doing it. So far, it's sticking."

Allison, who doubles as an ICU nurse at Berger Hospital, has competed in 10 Monster Jams this year, starting in Milwaukee in January.

"I'm brand new to it," she said, adding that she's only one of five women who compete. "It's even worse having my dad considered a legend. The pressure has been high."

Dan said he was not initially supportive of his daughter's desire to race because he knew it could be dangerous, but now he's her crew chief.

"I was skeptical at first because if you run at a certain level there are going to be some dangers involved," he said. "Now, I'm real excited that she's doing it and she's doing it well. My concerns have passed so I'm pushing harder. I've seen a lot of different drivers come and go who may have the desire to do it but not the abilities, but Allison seems to have the natural abilities to do it. And as her father, I'm proud of her. She's doing good."

And Allison plans to stick with it.

"I would hope I could do it for 25 years like Dad, but we shall see," she said.

The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Merchandise and food will be available for purchase.

Not only will guests have the chance to meet the Patricks and see their monster truck, but they can also play games, preview upcoming projects and tour the facility, which includes a monster truck museum.

In addition, Dan reached out to his friends to bring their show cars and antique tractors. More than 350 have already committed to come.

Dan said he expects a large crowd for the open house, which he said has become an industry event in addition to a community one.

"It's really turned into something," he said. "Customers of mine from California are coming and drivers are coming in. The first year we had close to 1,500 people come through in four hours. Last year, we had close to 2,000 people. We want it to grow."