Mid-West Truckers Association cancels convention, show; omicron blamed

Updated Jan 8, 2022
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has claimed its first victim of the 2022 truck show season.

The Mid-West Truckers Association has announced the cancellation of the 61st Annual MTA Convention and the 2022 Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show, scheduled for Feb. 4 & 5, 2022 in Peoria, Illinois.

“With the sudden increase in COVID cases and the concern for the health of our members and exhibitors, we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the Show for 2022,” said Don Schaefer, executive vice president of the Mid-West Truckers Association.

“Our concern and those expressed by potential attendees and exhibitors means canceling the Truck & Trailer Show is the right decision. 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. We have seen the devastation this has caused even among our own members.”

Next year’s event has already been rescheduled for Feb. 3 & 4, 2023 in Peoria.