Heart of America Trucking Show: Something for everyone

| Monday, October 21, 2013

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s Heart of America Trucking Show certainly had something for everyone – even the weather.

The 40th anniversary celebration was held Oct. 18-19 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The crowds grew steadily throughout the event as the cold, rainy weather departed and a warm, sunny Saturday evolved.

No matter if attendees were there to find out the hard answers to things like the Affordable Care Act and who is going to conduct your next DOT physical to just having some down home toe-tapping good fun, the show had a little bit of everything.

The Land Line Magazine crew was hard at work at the show, bringing readers and members updates from the show in our award-winning blog style. The blog for the show is Tales from Turn One.

When you take a cruise through it, you’ll see when the OOIDA Board of Directors, employees and members honored Jim Johnston and all of his years building the Association to the 150,000-plus member strong organization it is today. He claims he may have been too stubborn to quit early on.

From the beginning, OOIDA founders knew they would have to have a strong voice in D.C. and that philosophy carries on today. OOIDA’s D.C. staff of Ryan Bowley and Ben Siegrist held a seminar on effective communication with lawmakers, which centered on the Association’s newly rolled out Truckers for Safety agenda.

If fun and games are more your speed, you can see some of the games cooked up by the OOIDA staffers. And, you’ll see that they aren’t your run-of-the-mill games. Of course, it wouldn’t have been the complete speedway experience if race cars hadn’t been flying around the track. Thankfully, the Richard Petty Experience was on-hand and some of OOIDA’s board members and spouses checked it out.

No truck show would be complete without a show truck competition where you can eyeball some of the coolest trucks on the road. OOIDA members strutted their stuff and did not disappoint.

The show offered so much more. Along with an impressive array of vendors and exhibitors, there was a strong presence by the trucking community’s ministries and charity groups. The St. Christopher Fund was on site, longtime member and supporter Forrest Lucas, a light show at night

Just check out Tales from Turn One. You’ll get all caught up there.

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