Trucking central

| March 07, 2006

This year’s Mid-America Trucking Show will showcase everything from a new entry in the Class 8 field to workshops that help drivers take home more money.

More than 75,000 trucking industry professionals are expected to gather at the 35th Annual Mid-America Trucking Show to share information and entertainment.

An anticipated 1,000-plus exhibitors will cover more than 1 million square feet at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, March 23-25, show organizers say. The crowd is expected to be even bigger than last year, when 75,650 people from all 50 states and 43 foreign countries attended the show.

Inside the show
Attendees can tour exhibits from major truck, trailer, tire and truck part manufacturers; oil and additive companies; trucking publications; companies looking to recruit new drivers; and much more. The Internet and Technology Center will showcase the latest advances in the industry, and The Expediter Experience is dedicated to expedited trucking.

At Overdrive magazine’s free Partners in Business workshop, Jeff Amen and Richard DeForest, owner-operator consultants for American Truck Business Services, will share tips they’ve used to help more than 20,000 owner-operators increase their earnings. The workshop will run from 2-4 p.m. March 24, and topics will include ways to increase revenue, how to evaluate the most profitable loads, cost-cutting tips and recent trends in owner-operator pay, mileage and fuel surcharges.

MATS also offers a series of free seminars on each day of the show, featuring such topics as Roadside Inspections and Truckers’ Legal Rights.

Entertainment
One of the highlights of MATS is the free Trucker Appreciation Concert, sponsored by Kenworth, on Friday night. Past performances include Kid Rock, Mindy McCready and Alabama. This year’s performer had not been announced at press time.

On Saturday night, alternative rock band Nickelback will perform a concert at Freedom Hall, adjacent to the show. Nickelback has had No. 1 hits with its songs “How You Remind Me” and “Photograph,” and their latest CD All the Right Reasons is still near the top of the Billboard Top 200. Chevelle and Trapt will also perform. Tickets for the concert are available for sale at the box office and at Ticketmaster outlets.

Bill Mack, the XM Satellite Cowboy, will host his show live from MATS all three days of the show and will be signing autographs when he gets off the air on Friday afternoon. Bluegrass singer Big Al Weekly will sign autographs Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

Country music star Aaron Tippin will sign autographs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on opening day of the show at The Midnight Trucking Radio Network booth in the lobby. Attendees can also register at the booth for $1,000 cash to be given away Saturday afternoon at the end of the show.

For attendee and exhibitor information, as well as more information on the show, log on to www.truckingshow.com

The Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center is located a mile south of downtown Louisville at the junction of I-65 and I-264 and offers more than 26 acres of parking, some with recreational vehicle hookups.
-Rachel Telehany and Kristin L. Walters

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