GATS: Big rigs head to the Big D this weekend

| 8/24/2010

In just a few days, the 2010 Great American Trucking Show is coming to the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

GATS, which starts Thursday, Aug. 26 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 28, always features a variety of attractions for professional drivers from business information and educational seminars to live performances from some of the best artists in country music.

Other happenings at the 12th annual GATS will include the Custom Rigs Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Competition.

Two health events are scheduled. Special guests are OOIDA Members Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan and Jeff Clark. Meet Jazzy and Jeff at the Too Hot to Trot 5k on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 a.m. To join their walk/run on the Katy Trail, register at booth number 23175 on Thursday, Aug. 26.

OOIDA will be among the exhibitors again this year. Association dues will be $25 instead of the regular $45 during the show. Land Line Now Host Mark Reddig will be at the booth – booth number 14085 – to meet fans of OOIDA’s Sirius XM satellite radio show on the Road Dog Channel. OOIDA staff will also be on hand at the First Observer booth, number 21124.

U.S. Convoy for a Cure organizer and OOIDA Life Member Cindy Stowe will be at booth number 24145. This is the second year Stowe will be at GATS to encourage drivers to support and participate in the Convoy for a Cure USA set to roll on Oct. 16 on I-20 at the Travel Centers of America (TA) in Terrell, TX.

Another event getting plenty of attention is the Women In Trucking tattoo party. When Ellen Voie founded WIT, she said she’d be so thrilled when the membership reached 1,000 that she’d get the logo tattooed on her shoulder. After three years and a membership base of 1,500, she’s going to follow through with her boast.

Mike Bernstein, an award-winning artist, and Patrick O’Neal of Tattoo Mike’s will be creating the tattoos all three days. WIT members will have priority service and may get the WIT logo or a graphic of their choice. A portion of the proceeds will support the Women In Trucking Association. Temporary tattoos are available for a donation to the WIT Scholarship Foundation.

For more information about the show, visit or call 888-349-4287.