THE 35th annual Mid-America Trucking Show shattered every record for heavy-duty trucking tradeshows, according to the show organizers. It took place March 23-25 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Exhibitor participation grew to 1,144, representing 46 states and 11 foreign countries. With the new wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center being completely sold out, the show raised the bar for total exhibit space to one million square feet indoors and 200,000 square feet outdoors. In addition, previous show attendance records were broken with 80,291 badged attendees from all 50 states and 59 foreign countries.
Attendees used the three show days to visit various indoor and outdoor show features including: The 6th Annual Paul K Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship, Mid-America's Big-Rig Build-Off, The Expediter Experience, Mid-America's Recruitment Center, and Mid-America's Internet and Technology Center to name a few. Celebrities, including cast members from “Trick My Truck”, Richard Petty, Aaron Tippin, Ken Schrader, Kasey Kahne, Chubby Checker, Paul Sr and Mikey Teutel from Orange County Choppers, and many more made appearances to the delight of MATS attendees.
The Mid-America Trucking Show is the largest annual event dedicated to the heavy-duty trucking industry in the world. As the industry's premier business venue, it offers attendees the best opportunities each year for exploring new products and services, as well as insight into a variety of current industry issues via seminars and special events. The show attracts more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and approximately 80,000 attendees each year. The 2007 show will be held March 22-24, 2007 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.