2020 MATS canceled because of pandemic

May 2020

Mark Schremmer

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For the first year in nearly five decades, there was not a Mid-America Trucking Show.

Amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, MATS officials announced on March 12 that the 2020 show was canceled. They did so less than 24 hours after issuing a newsletter telling attendees that the show in Louisville, Ky., would go on.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Mid-America Trucking Show scheduled for March 26-28 in Louisville, Ky.,” the MATS website stated. “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 Family Services.”

The decision came as large events were being canceled or postponed all over the world. The outbreak led to travel restrictions, as well as a curtailing of public events and gatherings in the United States. A day earlier, the NBA announced it was suspending its season indefinitely, and the NCAA said its college basketball tournaments would be played without fans in attendance. Soon after, the NCAA canceled the tournaments entirely.

“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, employees and show partners in mind,” MATS officials wrote.

Now, MATS officials are turning their attention to the 2021 show. The show is set for March 25-27, 2021 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.

“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.” LL

Mark Schremmer

Mark Schremmer, senior editor, joined Land Line in 2015. An award-winning journalist and former assistant news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal, he brings fresh ideas, solid reporting skills, and more than two decades of journalism experience to our staff.