The largest truck show on the calendar is now happening in Louisville, writing another chapter of MATS history through Saturday, April 2, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Upwards of 1,000 exhibitors are there. And although it’s not official, more than 70,000 truckers are estimated to be in attendance.
The show will wrap up on Saturday (show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with some major events on the Saturday schedule, including the Women in Trucking annual salute, more seminars and the show truck awards ceremony.
The show includes the Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Competition, named for the founder of Mid-America. On Saturday, winners will be announced at the annual trophy dash – an awards ceremony that takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the South Wing Lobby, Room B104. If you want one more chance to see the show trucks, they will be on display in Lot J from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., behind the West Wing.
A number of educational seminars have been offered, covering business issues, compliance, regulations and more. All of those take place in Room B-104, just off the South Wing Lobby. See the show’s website for the complete schedule of seminars. Five seminars are scheduled for Saturday.
Events are also scheduled after show hours at the satellite parking lot at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. That includes a number of trucking charities offering food; a breakfast supporting Camp Quality Kentuckiana, Trucker Buddy and the St. Christopher Fund; OOIDA Life Members Buz and Laurie Scutt and their NASCAR simulator; and music by trucking singer Joey Holiday and others.
Saturday night at Papa John’s, Trucker Charity and Operation Roger will have a benefit auction, the JRB Memorial Fund will conduct a silent auction, and Jon Osburn will hold his annual barbecue cook-off.
TA Petro will once again provide showers at the center of the satellite lot, and Sunday morning, Chaplain Joe Hunter and his wife, Jan Hunter, will host the National Truckers Day of Prayer and a service. Shuttle buses offer transportation between the satellite parking and the show.
OOIDA is there, of course, with booths in the West Wing and North Wing, the Spirit truck and Jon Osburn with the Show Trucks at the Expo Center, and Land Line Now’s booth in the North Wing Lobby.
For more information, go to TruckingShow.com.
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