Randall-Reilly, the company behind the Great American Truck Show has made the tough decision to cancel the of of the Nation’s largest truck shows held each year in Dallas.
This is one of thousands of conventions and expositions that have been forced to close down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the organizers of the Mid-American Truck Show also cancelled their trucking expo that was supposed to take place in late March.
The GATS organizers reportedly called vendors and sponsors early Wednesday before posting the following message on their website.
The same fears and uncertainties that have led entities as diverse as Facebook and Major League Baseball to cancel or severely curtail in-person events have informed a very difficult decision: Randall-Reilly is canceling the Great American Trucking Show, scheduled for Aug. 27-29, 2020. This decision has been made with the health and well-being of all participants first and foremost in mind.
We remain committed to producing events like GATS that showcase the latest information in trucking, equipment, parts and accessories, as well as access to jobs. We will use the coming months to determine what form future events take and assess the safeguards needed to ensure your health.
This pandemic has underscored how critical the industry and drivers are to the well-being of America. The fleets, owner-operators and drivers are what’s kept the flow of food and other goods in stores and homes. We are thankful to you, proud of you and will keep you posted on what’s next for GATS so we can celebrate you at a future event.
The GATS show is one of the largest trucking expos featuring more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, educational programming and entertainment.