Mid-America Trucking Show bigger than ever, organizers say

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Organizers for the Mid-America Trucking Show say the 2006 event — set for Thursday-Saturday, March 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville — will highlight a growth spurt more impressive than anything else the show has experienced in its 35-year history.

The show once again will encompass more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, and the completion of the South Wing C expansion provides more than 160,000 additional square feet for the 1,100-plus companies that are signed up to exhibit at the show, surpassing last year’s total, according to organizers.

Each year, MATS highlights the industry’s companies and showcases their products and services, including their latest product innovations and unveilings. Attendees will be invited to visit the show’s numerous annual attractions, including the new Expediter Experience, Mid-America’s Recruitment Center, the Internet & Technology Center and, for the sixth consecutive year, the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship, along with the Second annual Mid-America’s Big-Rig Build-Off.

Nightly entertainment opportunities also will be available, including:

  • Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m.: The Orange County Choppers, with their “Tribute to the American Trucker,” will unveil the Speedco Chopper, along with a performance by The Road Hammers;
  • Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.: George Thorogood headlines Kenworth Truck Co.’s 18th annual “Trucker Appreciation Concert” in Freedom hall, with country newcomer Jason Aldean scheduled as the opening act; and
  • Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.: Nickelback will be rolling through Freedom Hall, with opening acts Trapt and Chevelle.
  • For more information on MATS, go to www.truckingshow.com.