GATS is upon us — 25-27 August

The 2016 Great American Trucking Show, August 25-27, will offer attendees an experience unlike anything else in trucking, combining educational and business sessions, the country’s most beautiful rigs, interactive product testing, health and wellness advice, and non-stop entertainment, plus more than 500 exhibits, covering more than 520,000 square feet of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Highlights are listed below.

A new Discovery Pavilion will offer attendees the chance to test products in an interactive environment and learn how products and equipment will work in specific applications. The Discovery Pavilion stage will feature performances by the three finalists in the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Truckers’ Talent Search who will compete for first place and a professional studio recording session. There will also be presentations offering tips to help truckers handle their taxes.

The GATS Theater will again host the CCJ Market Movers, which last year featured top executives from Covenant, Swift and Werner discussing trucking’s biggest issues with CNBC’s Morgan Brennan and Donald Broughton with Avondale Partners. Overdrive’s Partners in Business workshops and the Pride & Polish awards ceremony will also take place there. The Theater will also host an event where companies will pledge their support to hire reservists and former military in conjunction with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Practitioners at the Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion will conduct mammograms, blood pressure checks, chiropractic screenings, diabetes education and sleep apnea screenings. Pre-screenings for DOT physicals will also be available, along with a blood drive, bone marrow donor registration, flu shots and medical consultations. Last year, more than 2,000 health screenings identified hundreds of abnormal risk values requiring follow up.

Contestants in the Pride & Polish truck beauty competition will showcase their gorgeous rigs and vie for prizes in the first event of the 2016-2017 show truck season, as well as the 2015-2016 National Championship.

The TA/Petro Truck Parking Community will feature food and beverages, a TA/Petro Stopping Centers shower trailer, and a tent with misting fans. Last year attendees parked more than 600 trucks, and shuttle bus ridership from that area was double the prior year.