Talents on display

| August 01, 2006

Ward is just as likely to be seen manning the booth as hauling it these days. At GATS last August, Ward wore his trucker hat delivering Roll-Tite’s display one day and his sales hat the next. He still likes trucking but prefers the competitiveness of sales. “I like all the people I meet,” he says.

For truckers who haul tradeshow goods and get to see the show, meeting people and finding entertainment are perks that go along with lighter loads and no-touch freight.

The shows are also an opportunity to see new and different things. Though Mississippi trucker Kreinbrook has gone to most of the big truck shows, his favorite trade event is the Fire Rescue International show in Denver. “It’s unique, and all that equipment is different from what we drive.”

Traveling Truck Show brings the event to truckers

Although it’s wound itself through half of the United States, America’s Traveling Truck Show is still on the road and headed to a stop near you. The show will make seven more stops at Petro Stopping Centers between now and mid-August:

July 5-7: Mebane, N.C.
July 11-13: Florence, S.C.
July 18-20: Atlanta
July 25-27: Bucksville, Ala.
Aug. 1-3: Jackson, Miss.
Aug. 8-10: Shreveport, La.
Aug. 15-17: Weatherford, Texas

Just like conventional truck shows, ATTS features new Class 8 trucks and engines, trailers and towing products, components and other products as well as music, entertainment and fun. Best of all, there’s always parking.

“America’s Traveling Truck Show is designed to bring the tradeshow to a trucker while they’re on the road,” says Robert Lake, vice president/group publisher of the Truck Stop Group at Randall-Reilly Publishing, the owner of ATTS and Truckers News. “While they’re at a Petro, they can walk through the show and see the exhibits and register to win the prizes we’re giving away. They can sit in a driver simulator or NASCAR car. We’re taking the show to them.”

Truckers who visit the show can win great prizes. The Thomas Wilson Group, for example, will be giving away a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. But you have to stop by their booth to sign up. Truckers who visit a Petro Stopping Center can also enter the Truckers Dream Package sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000 in cash and dozens of other prizes. The winner will be announced at the last stop on the ATTS tour.

Great American Trucking Show grows again

Where can you get up close and personal with country music legends Aaron Tippin, Ronnie Milsap and Trace Adkins? Dallas, Aug. 24-26.

The Great American Trucking Show will host all three artists as well as more than 600 exhibitors and tens of thousands of truckers at the Dallas Convention Center.

“If you are in the industry and want to see first hand the latest and greatest that is offered, see country music concerts and enjoy all that Dallas has to offer, GATS is definitely the show to attend,” says Alan K. Sims, executive director of the trucking show. “GATS 2006 promises to be our biggest and best show.”

In addition to industry suppliers, truck and trailer manufacturers, GATS will host more than 100 carriers looking to recruit drivers – a must show for truckers looking for a new ride or for CDL holders looking for a job.

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