Temperature's rising; it must be time for GATS
During one show in the mid-2000s, the temperature in Dallas reached 104. (The Trucker file photo)
By LYNDON FINNEY
The Trucker Staff
DALLAS — If you need any evidence that it’s time for the annual Great American Trucking Show to begin in this north central Texas metropolis, look no further than the weather forecast.
The weatherman here is predicting triple digit highs the latter part of the week, something attendees have come to expect in the 16-year history of the show, which gets under way Thursday at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The center could be called the “dust center” because of construction at the facility, itself, and the neighboring Omni Dallas Hotel that connects with the convention center itself.
In fact, during one show in the mid-2000s, the temperature exceed 104 several days.
No rain is expected during the show, a fact that is disappointing to those who live here and see trees sticking out of the water on Lake Ray Hubbard, the area’s water supply.
Meanwhile, crews were at work Wednesday setting up exhibits and leaving everyone to wonder how in the world a show can open one day later with wooden crates littering the floor, carpet still rolled up and piles of plastic covering lying all over the place.
But by time the show opens Thursday at 10 a.m., everything will be pristine and in perfect order for the more than 46,000 who are expected to stream through the doors before the show ends Saturday afternoon.
The show will welcome over 500 exhibitors representing major truck and trailer brands, component suppliers, and others aligned with the heavy- and medium-duty truck markets.
Show highlights include a recruiting pavilion, education sessions produced by the Texas Trucking Association, the Pride & Polish National Championship, and special programs like Overdrive’s Most Beautiful and the Overdrive/Red Eye Radio Truckers Got Talent, as well as many product giveaways from exhibitors.
Among the celebrities scheduled to make appearances are singer Lee Ann Womack and Edgar Hanson, captain of the Northwestern, made famous by the television show, “The Deadliest Catch.”
For more information on the show, visit www.gatsoneline.com.
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