GBATS only one month away

August 27, 2018

Land Line Staff


In one month, 4 State Trucks and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are going to celebrate a pair of milestones.

OOIDA, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary of fighting for the rights of truckers, is partnering with 4 State Trucks to present the 10th annual Guilty By Association Truck Show. The festivities will be Sept. 27-29 in Joplin, Mo.

OOIDA started in 1973 and now has more than 160,000 members. Four State Trucks held the first GBATS in 2009.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to talk with members of OOIDA’s leadership team, as well as the chance to enjoy all of the truck show’s scheduled entertainment and activities.

Some of the featured events include a professional bull riding competition, a truck and tractor pull, a motorcycle stunt rider show, big rig drag races, a truck convoy that benefits the Special Olympics of Southwest Missouri, and a downtown concert featuring Confederate Railroad.

The L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding Tour will help kick off GBATS on Thursday. It is a stand-alone tour that gives bull riders an opportunity to prepare for the Professional Bull Riders circuit.

As part of the Evel Knievel-style motorcycle stunt show on Friday, a rider is expected to attempt a jump over a tractor-trailer.

A free concert on Saturday will be headlined by Confederate Railroad, which was one of the most popular country bands of the 1990s.

The band released its self-titled debut album in 1992 and climbed to No. 7 in the U.S. country charts. The album included three top 10 singles with “Queen of Memphis,” “Jesus and Mama,” and “Trashy Women.”

Saturday’s festivities will also include a truck convoy that generated about $115,000 for the Special Olympics in 2017.

A full schedule of events can be found here.