It's showtime

By John Randle
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Mark your calendars for two of the most exciting trucking events of the year – The Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas and the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

The 2008 Great West Truck Show will be at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 26-28. Sign up now to take advantage of the attractions, including the Pride & Polish truck beauty competition, educational seminars, special appearances by the Chrome Shop Mafia and exhibits from leaders in the trucking industry. Get a first-hand look at the newest trucks and truck accessories on the market. Shop for a new truck, new job or new trucking-related gadget. Health experts from the Truckers News’ Fit for the Road program will be on hand to help you with your nutrition, fitness and medical questions, and you’ll get to meet some of this year’s featured Health Heroes.

There’s more than enough going on at the truck show to keep you busy, but there’s also plenty to do and see in Las Vegas. Free registration ( is now open.

Next, polish your boots and point your truck toward Dallas for the Great American Trucking Show at the Dallas Convention Center, Aug. 21-23. Come help us celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the show! They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the GATS show is no exception. Its explosive growth included a record 47,980 registered attendees last year, nearly 600 of the top companies in trucking on display, corporate exhibits by all truck OEMs, multiple trailer and body manufacturers, and major producers and suppliers of engines, tires, lubricants and components.

This summer’s show is gearing up to be even bigger and includes free entertainment by top musical talent. Friday night’s concert, sponsored by MobilDelvac, features Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives. On Saturday night, come enjoy oldies with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, brought to you by Volvo Trucks North America.

No matter what you’re looking for in a trucking show – beautiful show trucks, new job opportunities, educational seminars, free entertainment or just meeting up with old friends – there’s something for everyone.

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