The 34th Annual Mid-America Trucking Show is this week at
the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.
The show will include 1 million square feet of exhibit space
with more than 1,000 businesses and organizations exhibiting. A wide variety of
equipment and services will be on display.
Show hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m. March 31; 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. April 1; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2. Don’t forget, the show is located
within the Eastern Time Zone, so if you’re driving in from the West, don’t be
late. All times listed here are Eastern Standard Time.
MATS has 26 acres of parking available for big trucks and
Lots G and K are on-site truck parking. Lot K can
accommodate overnight truck parking at $20 per night with no hook-ups. Lot L is
for RV parking, with hook-ups available for $35 per night. For information,
Additional truck parking is available at Papa John’s
Cardinal Stadium. Shuttles will be available to take attendees to and from the
show. Free refreshments will be provided at the stadium.
Seminar schedule highlights
1-2 p.m. Canada-U.S. customs and immigration update for truckers
2-3 p.m. SmartWay Transport Partnership: Future idle
reduction technologies and opportunities
1-2 p.m. Roadside Inspections: What to expect and how to prepare
2-3 p.m. Hours of service
9-11 a.m. Preparing for a career in expedited trucking
11 a.m.-noon Effective ways to secure your
noon - 1 p.m. Tire wear and handling
1-2 p.m. Trucker’s legal rights
EVENTS AT MATS:
Richard and Kyle Petty to visit Freightliner
The second and
third generations of the Petty racing dynasty are scheduled to visit with fans
at the Freightliner display at Booth No. 3210.
Kyle Petty will be
at the booth from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, and Richard Petty will be
at the booth from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 1.
Richard Petty set
the standard for success in the NASCAR world with a record 200 cups and seven
championships. He won the Daytona 500 a record seven times. He retired after the 1992 season, but he remains
active as the owner of the Petty Enterprises car.
Kyle Petty started
driving stock cars in 1979 and quickly advanced. At the end of
the 1998 season, he moved his team back to Level Cross, NC, where four teams
now drive under the Petty Enterprises banner.
Patty Loveless hosted by Mid America Jamboree
Eric Harley and Joe Kelley, hosts of “The Midnight Trucking
Radio Network,” will play host to country music singer Patty Loveless at this
year’s Mid America Jamboree in Louisville, KY.
Loveless will be available for autographs from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday,
March 31, at “The Midnight Trucking Radio Network” booth in the lobby at the
A Kentuckian, Loveless has won almost every award in country
music, from “Top Female Vocalist” from the Academy of Country Music to “Album
of the Year” and “Vocal Event of the Year” from the CMA, as well as a Grammy
for “Best Country Collaboration.”
Loveless will also join Eric Harley from 1 to 6 a.m. EST
Friday, April 1, for a live remote broadcast of the show from the lobby of the
Executive West Hotel. The hotel is adjacent to the Kentucky Fair and Expo
The Midnight Trucking Radio Network can be heard
coast-to-coast on 50,000-watt AM stations nationwide as well as Sirius
Satellite Radio Channel 138. MTRN provides truck drivers with news, talk and
entertainment live between midnight to 5 a.m. CST. Visit midnighttrucking.com
for more information.
Kenworth brings Sawyer Brown to perform at MATS
The popular country
group Sawyer Brown will headline Kenworth Truck Company’s 17th annual “Trucker
Appreciation Concert,” Friday, April 1, at the 2005 Mid-America Trucking Show
in Louisville, KY.
recently debuted a new album featuring the song “Mission Temple Fireworks
Stand,” which made Billboard’s Country Singles Chart. The group appeared on
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in December. The award-winning band has had
numerous hits during the past 20 years.
Amy Dalley, who has
a popular new single “I Would Cry,” is scheduled to open for Sawyer Brown. The
concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Centernext to MATS.
Brown concert tickets will be available to CDL holders only –limit of two
tickets per person. Tickets, while supplies last, will be distributed in the
South Hall Lobby, Booth No. 2 on both Thursday, March 31, starting at 1 p.m.,
and again on Friday, April 1, starting at 10 a.m.
For more information on MATS, visit truckingshow.com on the
Web or call (502) 899-3892.