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13 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss GATS

GATS Show Floor

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The Great American Trucking Show is making its way Back to Dallas this August and you’re going to want to be there. With more than 500 different exhibits, 50,000 attendees, and over 150 trucks on the show floor, there is truly nothing like it. With only three days to experience all that the convention has to offer, we're sharing all of the most exciting events and activities that will have you scheduling a visit to GATS in your calendar.

Not sure if you’re going to GATS this year? Check out our 13 reasons why you won’t want to miss out on this the Great American Truck Show.

  1. Experience the new show floor

    This year, instead of being in halls C, D, E and F, GATS will be in Halls A, B, C and E. What’s the difference? This year’s show floor is bigger and more modern than it has been in the past, consisting of three giant stages and more than 500,000 square feet of floor space!

  2. Visit the Discovery Pavilion

    Want to learn about all the latest and greatest products in the trucking industry? Learn about new equipment and how it could benefit you and your business as you interact with fellow truckers. Find information about individual booths and their products that will be in the Pavilion.

  3. Visit the Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion

    GATS is a huge advocate for driver health. Landstar will be providing free health screenings for truckers, as well as cooking, fitness and other health related educational demos. Stop by the Health and Wellness Pavilion to try some tasty - and healthy - food alternatives, plus other wellness related products.

  4. Get recruited

    Is your current driving position the career of your dreams? If not, stop by the Recruiting Pavilion to find the perfect driving job for you. Here you will be able to get in contact with more than 100 exhibiting fleets who are all currently hiring new drivers. Speak to representatives, make a good impression and learn about all of the potential benefits! Learn about different job types and companies who you will be able to meet.

  5. Participate in the Roadhouse Run

    GATS 5k Roadhouse Run

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    Whether you want to run, or just watch, come and support all truckers on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. for this year’s 5k run and walk. The location of the race has been moved to Trinity Grove, which is conveniently located near some of the most popular bars and restaurants in the area. All proceeds from the race will go to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund.

  6. Trucker Talent Search

    Watch three talented truckers, Michael Lochmiller, Terrance Mathis and Richard Woods, sing and perform on Friday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m., as they all take the stage for some friendly competition. Enjoy the live performance, as well as an opening show from country star, Tony Justice!

  7. Hang with the Red Eye Radio Network

    Meet and greets, prizes, entertainment….the Red Eye Radio booth has it all! You will have the chance to meet the hosts of the show, as well as other celebrities and country music artists such as Tyler Farr, Janie Fricke, Tony Justice, Jayne Denham and Bill Weaver. Enjoy the music, and register to win prizes and other electronics!

  8. Let TA Truck Service do the work

    TA Truck Service technicians will be providing maintenance and repair services at the TA-Petro Truck Parking Community while you enjoy exhibits and entertainment at GATS. Park your truck at the lot, then schedule your service at the TA-Petro booth (#15022) and enjoy the show. See all of the services that TA Truck Service has to offer.

  9. Get the best tire deals

    Stop by the TA-Petro booth (#15022) meet with the TA Truck Service Commercial Tire Network team and take advantage of show special tire pricing that you'll have to see to believe. You won’t want to miss out on these great deals, so go talk tires to the tire representatives from the Aug. 24 through 26.

  10. Enjoy live entertainment at the TA-Petro Truck Parking Community

    The exhibits in the convention center may close by 5 p.m., but at the TA-Petro Truck Parking Community at the Cotton Bowl Fair Park, the party has just begun! Enjoy live entertainment sponsored by Godspeed Expeditors, get some grub from the food vendors and enjoy the company of fellow truckers.

  11. Experience the pet parade

    Bring your big ball of fur to the TA-Petro Truck Parking Community for a parade just for them on Saturday at 5 p.m.! Celebrate your pet and all they do for you on the road, and at home. Let your four legged friend interact with other animals, and get the chance to win prizes and take home some giveaways for your special animal.

  12. Pride and Polish

    Truck at GATS

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    Want to see the wildest trucks on the road? Check out Overdrive’s Pride and Polish to see some of the most amazing show trucks. Do you have a truck that you think could compete? Register your rig.

  13. Take a load off

    After a day full of exploring at the convention, head across the street to Eddie Den’s Ranch for some free entertainment! Admission is free with a ticket, which are available in Lobby B at GATS. Enjoy live music from Tony Justice, Jane Denham and Bill Weaver, plus chow down with free barbeque sandwiches! You'll want to preregister for tickets.

At times, certain aspects of a trucking career can be long and tiring. Make the time you spend this year at GATS stress-free and well worth it. Take time to interact and meet other truckers, learn about new products and technology, get involved in the fun happenings and activities and most importantly, have a great time. With these 13 exciting things to do at this year’s show, there isn’t a doubt that it’ll be the best one yet!

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