Largest Trucking Show to be Rescheduled or Canceled in 2021, Organizers Say
Louisville, KY – On Wednesday, organizers of the largest annual trucking show in the United States announced plans to reschedule citing “uncertainty” over COVID-19.
In an official announcement on its website, management of the 2021 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) stated tentative dates being evaluated for the show’s 50th anniversary celebration are September 16-18, 2021 or March 24-26, 2022.
The show was scheduled to take place March 25-27, 2021 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY.
“We remain committed to providing timely and transparent communication to ensure that MATS 50th will continue to deliver the level of connection, discovery, and face-to-face value we have all come to expect from the Trucking Industry’s largest annual event,” the website announcement read.
In addition, MATS organizers notified scheduled exhibitors and stakeholders by email on Wednesday afternoon.
MATS said it is “actively consulting with exhibitors and attendees to determine which dates are most viable” for the 2021 event.
According to management, a decision on the show’s date will be finalized by February 15, 2021.
However, show management also cited a date of April 30, 2021 as the latest date that a “go” or “no-go decision” will be announced.
On March 12, 2020, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported MATS officials made the decision to cancel the 49th annual event, which was slated for March 26-28.
“This is a decision we did not make lightly,” show organizers said at the time, and stated the cancellation was made “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 Families Services.”
In announcing the cancellation of the 2020 show, MATS officials said the event would return stronger than ever in 2021.
TNN will continue to bring you updates on the show’s status as they become available.