We’re right on the eve of the biggest trucking expo of the year, so it’s no surprise many attendees are looking for what they can expect at this year’s event and many who are staying home want to know what they’ll be missing. Luckily, we have a few highlights to look out for at this year’s Great American Trucking Show (GATS). The three-day event will offer half a million feet of exhibit space and they expect over 50,000 attendees to make their way to Dallas, TX to enjoy a weekend filled with all things trucking. While last year was a huge success, GATS 2017 is looking to step up their game and make this year’s expo truly one to remember. If you’re heading down for the weekend, or just want to know what you’re missing out on, we’ve provided a few highlights of what you can expect when you’re down there.
4 Things to Look Forward to at GATS 2017
The Recruiter Pavilion
Are you in between trucking jobs, or looking to start up a brand new career on the road? Well luckily, GATS 2017 will host literally dozens of different recruiters that will be sure to find you the perfect job. Dry van, reefer, owner-operator, you name it! Hell, you can even stop over at the AllTruckJobs booth so we can help you find the ideal trucking job. You’ll be able to speak to representatives, fill out applications, and even interview on the spot. It’s a great way to network as well as find the ideal career for you!
The Health and Wellness Pavilion
We all know it can be tough maintaining your peak physical condition while on the road, but luckily at the health and wellness pavilion, you’ll be able to get a variety of tips, tricks, and tools to help with your physical and mental health. The Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion will provide free health screenings, cooking, fitness and educational demos. Sadly, despite the growing demand, trucking fitness guru Troy Thunder will not be making an appearance at the pavilion (there’s always next year) but you’ll still be able to get necessary checkups, as well as browse some great health and wellness products that you might want on the road with you. There will also be a variety of educational seminars that will help truckers maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road.
Looking for the latest and greatest piece of tech in the trucking industry? Luckily, the discovery pavilion will host a variety of different booths that will offer new apps, trucking equipment, financial help, and a variety of other things that you’ll certainly want to look out for while you’re at GATS 2017, or even to check out online at a later time. With the technological landscape continuing to change in the trucking industry, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with all the new gadgets and equipment, plus you get to play around with cool stuff! Not to mention, there will be tons of giveaways, so make sure to keep your hands empty so you can snag all that free stuff!
Some GATS attendees will prefer to scope out some of the celebrities that will make an appearance at GATS 2017. Radio personalities like Bill Weaver and Marcia Campbell will be conducting live shows during the day, and celebrity truckers like Allie Knight will make an appearance to answer any trucking questions you may have. If you’re looking for some music, not only will an award winning-country artist be gracing the main stage but he’ll also be stopping by the Red Eye Radio booth to sign autographs and take pictures. Those looking to rub elbows with some celebrities in the trucking world will have their chance next weekend!