Q: What’s the show schedule?
A: The Mid-America Trucking Show will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23. Thursday there will be a special VIP session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with doors open to the public from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Friday, the doors will open to the general from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday the show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Q: Where is OOIDA going to be this year?
A: The better question may be where isn’t OOIDA going to be this year. The Association will have three booths at the 2012 show to make sure we see as many members of the OOIDA crew as possible, and the OOIDA tour truck will be at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
We will be in Booth 11128 in the North Wing and Booth 65229 in the West Wing. In the North Wing lobby, stop by Booth 40460. That’s where you can meet up with the Land Line Magazine staff and “Land Line Now” radio crew.
It will cost only $25 to join or renew at MATS.
Q: How much are tickets?
A: Nothing, if you handle things right. Online preregistration at truckingshow.com continues until Feb. 19. Preregistrations received before Feb. 19 will be mailed at the end of February.
After Feb. 19, it will cost you $10 – either to preregister or at the door – to get into the show, and you will have to wait in line for your badge to be printed. If you do preregister, be sure to print out your registration confirmation and bring it with you to the show to exchange for your badge. Your badge is good for all three days of the show.
Q: Where can I park my truck?
A: Tractor/trailer parking is $30 and spots with hook-ups are available for $50. Spots with hook-ups must be reserved by calling 502-367-5384.
Free tractor-trailer parking is available courtesy of show management at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Shuttle buses to and from the Kentucky Expo Center are also provided for anyone parking at Papa John’s.
According to Exhibit Management Associates Inc., the official contract it has with the University of Louisville states that attendees have access to the Papa John’s Stadium parking lot (excludes Lot A) beginning March 19 at 5 a.m. Lots of activities, including a concert, are planned for Saturday night and it’s not expected that the lot will be fully vacated until the Sunday morning. Show management requests that the lot be completely vacated by 10 a.m. Sunday.
Also, heads up. All trucks must enter and exit through Gate D, as it is the only gate wide enough for Class 8 trucks.
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