GATS, convoys and truck shows ahead

| 8/22/2011

Although August is coming to a close, there are a number of notable events still on the calendar for this summer and fall.

The Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX, is planning Aug. 25-27 for the Great American Trucking Show. It’s the nation’s second-largest trucking trade show. You can visit OOIDA at booth 14085. First Observer will also be on hand at booth 21124. Ride and Roll is partnering with Crete Carrier Corporation to give away a bicycle. Register for the drawing at the Ride and Roll booth in the parking lot. For more information, visit or call 888-349-4287.

Sept. 9-10 check out the Big Iron Classic at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Kasson, MN. It’s the largest truck show and charity drive in the Midwest. Don’t forget to bring a donation for the toy drive. For more information, visit or call 507-635-2112.

The Bill Hudgins and Wilda Dodson “Parade of Lights” across the Mackinac Bridge is always a favorite at the Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show, which begins Sept. 16 and runs through Sept. 18. This National Association of Show Trucks’ event is taking place in St. Ignace, MI, and admission is free. For more information, visit or call 906-643-8087.

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics is taking place in most regions Sept.17. For more information, visit A list of convoy details by state is available here. Stay tuned to for updates.

Zoom over to the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA, Sept. 25 for the Truckin’ for Kids Truck Drags & Show & Shine. The event is a charity benefit featuring show trucks, drag races and more. For additional information, visit or call 208-448-2811.

Truckers are innocent until proven guilty… Guilty By Association Truck Show & Customer Expo, that is. This is a low-stress event hosted by 4 State Trucks, home of the Chrome Shop Mafia in Joplin, MO, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. For more information, visit or call 417-624-2900.

Besides battling breast cancer, this year’s Ontario East Convoy for a Cure event will be raising money to fight three other types of “killer cancers.” This is the fourth year for Rachèle Champagne’s convoy, which is set to roll on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Alberta, Canada’s third Convoy for a Cure will roll Oct. 1 from the Roadking Travel Center in Sherwood Park. Truckers are convoying to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit

Sept. 30-Oct.2 is the date for the Bobby Lindamood Memorial Truck Show in Ft. Worth, TX. This is the third year for this NAST event, memorializing Lindamood, who was the owner of Lindamood Demolition. For more information, visit or call Bo Trout at 734-323-3397 or Jake Lindamood at 214-384-0802.

Convoy for a Cure – Ontario, West, is rolling at the 5th Wheel Truck Stop in Dorchester, Ontario, Oct. 15. Proceeds will benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit or call Joanne MacKenzie at 613-498-9064.

The first ever Truck Driver Social Media Convention will take place Oct. 15 at the Gold Strike Resort and Casino in Tunica, MS. Participants will enjoy meals, entertainment, speakers and discussions about industry issues during the convention. For more information, visit or call 352-505-8162.

OOIDA Life Member Cindy Stowe is once again hosting the Convoy for a Cure USA. Join her at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX, on Oct. 21-22 and help her raise money for For more information, visit or call 903-288-0374.

Get some sun at the Meca South Florida Truck Show, Nov. 4-6 in Miami, FL. This is a NAST event that is sure to feature lots of chrome. For more information, visit or call Eric Garcia at 305-884-2028.