Your guide to the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show
What’s the show schedule?
The Mid-America Trucking Show is scheduled Thursday through Saturday, March 28-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville. On Thursday, there will be a VIP session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with doors open to the public from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Friday, the doors will open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, the show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where is OOIDA going to be this year?
The Association plans to have two booths at the 2019 show. Just like last year, we will be in Booth 11128 in the North Wing and Booth 65229 in the West Wing. You can catch OOIDA’s tour truck in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship in Lot J behind the West Wing.
It will cost only $35 to join or renew your OOIDA membership at MATS.
How much are MATS tickets?
Nothing, if you handle things right. Online preregistration at TruckingShow.com continues until Feb. 28. If you register before Feb. 28, a badge will be mailed to your address.
After Feb. 28, it will cost you $10 – either to preregister or at the door – to get into the show, and you will have to wait in line for your badge to be printed. If you preregister, be sure to print out your registration confirmation and bring it with you to the show to exchange for your badge.
Your badge is good for all three days of the show.
Where can I park my truck?
Tractor-trailer parking is $30 daily, and spots with hook-ups are available for $50. Spots with hook-ups must be reserved by calling 502-367-5380. If you’re in your personal vehicle, it will cost you $10 to park each day.
Free tractor-trailer parking is available courtesy of show management at Cardinal Stadium. Shuttle buses to and from the Kentucky Expo Center also are provided for anyone parking at the stadium.
What are some of the attractions?
The Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship and awards ceremony will be hosted on-site, including Lights after MATS on Wednesday night and Thursday night, and the PKY Competitor Parade following the close of the show on Saturday. You can catch the parade on the Expo Center’s perimeter road.
Other events include a concert Friday night as well as educational seminars. Past concerts have featured such entertainers as Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan, Gretchen Wilson, the Marshall Tucker Band, John Anderson, Thompson Square, Randy Houser, and Sugarland. This year’s featured act wasn’t announced as of press time. Complimentary tickets to the concert will be distributed, while supplies last, from sponsors during show hours. LL