The Southeast Truck Show, scheduled for Sept. 27-29 at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport, has been cancelled. Dale Sommers, the show’s host and organizer, announced the decision on his website, www.thebozo.com.
“It is with deep regret and sadness that I must inform you that the Shreveport Truck Show has been cancelled,” wrote Sommers, also known as “The Truckin’ Bozo,” from XM Radio’s Open Road Channel 171. “For those of you who follow my show on a daily basis, you already know that my health has deteriorated in the past few months, primarily due to two surgical procedures that basically drained all of my energy reserves. XM has been very supportive of me during this crisis, but to go out for three days, knowing fully well that doing a truck show would only add to my medical problems, would be reckless and careless on my part and totally unfair to XM.”
Sommers added that the show’s date – one month after the Great American Trucking Show, set for Aug. 23-25 – also was a factor in the cancellation. “I might also add that due to my lack of foresight, I scheduled the show exactly one month after the GATS show in Dallas,” he wrote. “Had I been looking at the calendar, I would have never made such a decision.”
The Special Olympics Convoy scheduled for Shreveport on that same weekend will still be held. Participants will assemble at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 28, and the convoy will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 through Shreveport.