Big Fun in Big D

By John Randle

“I’ve always wanted to go to a truck show,” says John Shook, one of the participants in the Truckers News Fit for the Road program. If everything works out, this year he’ll get to take his wife and 3-year-old son to the Great American Trucking Show held in Dallas on August 23-25 at the Dallas Convention Center.

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and this year’s GATS promises to be packed with Texas-sized entertainment, new trucks, show trucks, hot-off-the-press products and lots of free seminars about how to be a more successful trucker. Last year’s attendance of nearly 46,000 registrants and 560 of the top companies in trucking showed the steady growth of this popular show.

Highlights include Friday night’s free concert starring country legend Aaron Tippin, hosted by Mobil Delvac. Tippin, back by popular demand, wows the audience with his songs about family values, patriotism and hard work. His post-9/11 hit, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” got millions singing along. This year’s Truckers News Great American Trucking Family, the Sheatlers from Bloomsburg, Pa., will be introduced onstage before the Tippin concert.

On Saturday night, Volvo Trucks pre

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