The Great American Trucking Show 2012

The 14th Annual Great American Trucking Show is coming Thursday, August 23-Saturday, August 25, 2012, and it is going to be a great one! The Show is the second biggest trucking convention and show in the country. The event will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, with free truck parking all three days of the Show. Paid parking is also available in nearby lots and in the underground lot at the Convention Center.

There will be something for everyone at the Show. With educational seminars, the annual Custom Rigs Pride & Polish Truck Beauty Competition and a music concert by country great John Anderson, the 2012 Show is sure to be a hit.

Anderson, the winner of the 1983 Country Music Association Song of the Year award, will perform Friday night. The concert begins at 5:30 PM, with free tickets available beginning at 9:00 AM Friday morning at the Mobil Delvac tent. The tickets are being offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Contest is part of the National Championship Series sponsored by Custom Rigs magazine. This competition showcases the best customized trucks from around the nation. Preregistration and fee is required in order to hold a spot in the competition. For more information register at or www.prideandpolish.com.

Over 500 exhibitors are expected at the Show, with many leading manufacturers and vendors being represented. Whether looking to buy a new truck o trick out the old one, the right deal can be found in the Exhibitor’s Pavilion.

For trucking companies looking to hire, or drivers checking out the opportunities available, the Recruitment Pavilion is the place to be. Trucking companies from across the nation will have recruiters in attendance to find the best drivers for their fleets.

The Red Eye Radio Network will be on hand with live entertainment and chances to win great prizes and cash.

One important part of the Show is the educational seminars being offered. There are several sessions devoted to navigating the CSA program, and others related to changing Hours of Service Regulations. For the owner-operator, there are sessions dealing with tax issues and business tips for financial success. With ever-increasing fuel costs, the Fuel Management for Fleets and Owner-Operators is a must.

In conjunction with the Show, the 3rd annual Commercial Vehicles Outlook Conference will take place. Keynote speakers include pollster Dr. Frank L. Luntz; Jim Meil, vice president of Eaton Corporation; and Dan England, chairman of C.R. England, Inc.

Nine area hotels are offering special rates for Show attendees, with no booking or service fees when reserved through The Great American Trucking Show website. Some hotels participating include Omni Dallas Hotel, Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, and Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center.

Attendees who plan to bring along their RV or camper are encouraged to contact the Dallas Metro KOA campground at dallasmetro@koa.org. They can also be reached by phone at 817-277-6600. Parking camping vehicles within the Dallas city limits is illegal. The KOA campground is approximately 25 miles from the Convention Center.

With informative seminar sessions, a huge variety of exhibitions, a tricked-out rig competition and a free Country concert, the 2012 Great American Trucking Show will be the place to be.

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