Largest Trucking Show Officially Canceled for 2021, New Dates Set For 2022

Louisville, KY – Organizers of the largest annual trucking show in the United States officially canceled this year’s event due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

In an announcement on Monday, Toby Young, president of the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) said the 50th anniversary event will have to wait until next year.


“After careful consideration, we’ve come to a final decision,” Young informed. “MATS 50th will be held March 24-26, 2022.”

He further explained the decision.

“In the end, March 2022 is the closest we can get to a guarantee that an event of our size could proceed without compromise. Any sooner would sacrifice the integrity of the show and the value that MATS provides.”

Late last year, MATS organizers said they were considering hosting the show as soon as September 16-18, 2021.

However, Young indicated pushing it until next year will benefit attendance.

“March 2022 is the safest bet for a huge turnout,” he said. “These dates ensure the full support of our industry at an uncompromised, large-scale, in-person event that meets our shared goals and delivers the caliber of show that we have all come to expect from MATS.”


Further, Young promised next year’s 50th anniversary celebration will be unlike any other.

“At MATS 50th, we intend to set a new standard for trucking industry events. We are developing new in-person experiences that will further engage attendees and provide exhibitors more opportunities to directly connect with their audience.”

Young also said attendees can expect more education, exhibits, events, and entertainment than ever before.

Plus, he commented the PKY Truck Beauty Championship will be “larger-than-ever.”

“We promise, it will be worth the wait,” Young guaranteed.



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