Rising Concern Over Omicron Forces Cancelation of Truck Show Set For Next Month
Peoria, IL — Organizers of the Mid-West Truckers Association’s (MTA) 2022 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show are pulling the plug citing concerns over the Omicron variant.
In a release, Don Schaefer, executive vice president of the MTA said organizers have “reluctantly made the decision to cancel the Show” this year which was scheduled for February 4 and 5, in Peoria, IL.
“Our concern and those expressed by potential attendees and exhibitors means cancelling the Truck & Trailer Show is the right decision,” Schaefer said. “We realize the difficulties in producing such an event are compounded due to the recent ‘perfect storm’ of issues brought on by the Omicron COVID variant and its effect on staffing capabilities and potential health problems for the most vulnerable.”
In addition, the 61st Annual MTA Convention, held in conjunction with the Truck & Trailer Show, has also been canceled.
The MTA Convention and the Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show has long been considered a mid-winter industry highlight, attracting thousands of truck operators, their families and friends to the Peoria Civic Center and surrounding venues.
Next year’s event has already been rescheduled for February 3 and 4.
Meanwhile, Transportation Nation Network reported last month that organizers of trucking’s largest industry trade event, the Mid-America Trucking Show, have announced plans are moving full speed ahead.