LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 2020 Mid-America Trucking Show, scheduled for March 26-28, has been canceled. Less than 24 hours after issuing a statement to attendees and exhibitors that MATS was still on track for later this month, organizers of the show confirmed via telephone Thursday that this year’s show will not take place.
“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we announce the cancelation of the 2020 Mid-America Trucking Show scheduled for March 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky,” a March 12 post on the MATS website said. “This is a decision we did not make lightly, but in consultation with our exhibitors, attendees, supporters, and partners, including Kentucky Venues, Louisville Tourism, Kentucky Governor’s Office, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Families Services.”
Earlier in the week, a spokesperson for organizer Exhibit Management Associates Inc., said that the show would take place as planned unless concerns about the coronavirus resulted in a government-mandated shutdown. A notice on posted on the MATS website March 2 stated that organizers “are focused on the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff and others involved in the show” and that they were “actively monitoring the situation.”
“In light of today’s extraordinary circumstances and with an abundance of caution, this decision has been made with the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, employees, and show partners in mind,” the March 12 post continued. “MATS has a proud tradition as the largest and most well-attended show in heavy-duty trucking. We will return stronger than ever in 2021 and will focus on an unforgettable 50th-anniversary event March 25-27, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky.”