Despite record snows, MATS attracts a crowd

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For the 47th year in a row, the trucking industry converged on the Mid-America Trucking Show last week, packing the Kentucky Expo Center for three days despite record-breaking winter weather.

As always, MATS was a mix of information, entertainment and trucks both old and new. It was also an opportunity for truckers and fans of trucks to rub shoulders with industry experts while hearing some of the best country music being played.

During the course of MATS:

Part of the one million square feet of exhibit space waiting to be filled at MATSPart of the one million square feet of exhibit space waiting to be filled at MATS

MATS 2018 opened as record amounts of snow fell on LouisvilleMATS 2018 opened as record amounts of snow fell on Louisville

Some 75,000 people were expected to attend MATS for a hands-on look at equipmentSome 75,000 people were expected to attend MATS for a hands-on look at equipment

Tim Brandow cleans off a PKY Truck Beauty Contest entryTim Brandow cleans off a PKY Truck Beauty Contest entry

Hyper-fuel efficient Starship at MATSHyper-fuel efficient Starship at MATS

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez at MATSFMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez at MATS

Walmart driver Carl Nixon, H.O. Wolding's Julie Matulle and J.B. Hunt's Jodi Edwards at the Women In Trucking gathering at MATS. Matulle wears a t-shirt promoting a fund-raising effort for Ingrid 'Half Pint' Brown who is battling cancer. https://www.youcaring.com/ingridbrown-1076550Walmart driver Carl Nixon, H.O. Wolding's Julie Matulle and J.B. Hunt's Jodi Edwards at the Women In Trucking gathering at MATS. Matulle wears a t-shirt promoting a fund-raising effort for Ingrid "Half Pint" Brown who is battling cancer. https://www.youcaring.com/ingridbrown-1076550

Record snowfall blanketed entries in the PHY Truck Beauty Contest at MATSRecord snowfall blanketed entries in the PHY Truck Beauty Contest at MATS

Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear (left) with Highway Hero Frank VieiraGary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear (left) with Highway Hero Frank Vieira

The first day of Spring brought record snows to MATSThe first day of Spring brought record snows to MATS

Taking a break from shoveling at MATS (from left) Jay Holsomback, Jason West, David Talley and Daniel Jolly.Taking a break from shoveling at MATS (from left) Jay Holsomback, Jason West, David Talley and Daniel Jolly.

Lisa Martin created this snowman at MATS' PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrantsLisa Martin created this snowman at MATS' PKY Truck Beauty Contest entrants

RoadPro's Reid Schoneberg explains the new RoadKing Bluetooth headsets that were unveiled at MATSRoadPro's Reid Schoneberg explains the new RoadKing Bluetooth headsets that were unveiled at MATS

Breast cancer awareness dump truck up in the air at MATSBreast cancer awareness dump truck up in the air at MATS

Folks arrived for the 47th annual MATSFolks arrived for the 47th annual MATS

Among the trucks ta MATS were numerous vintage models from the local chapter of the American Truck Historical SocietyAmong the trucks ta MATS were numerous vintage models from the local chapter of the American Truck Historical Society

Transport America's Delores Petko and Erwin Brothers' Mary GilroyTransport America's Delores Petko and Erwin Brothers' Mary Gilroy

Cliff Price with his service dog Meeko, a Korean Jindo he rescued six years ago.Cliff Price with his service dog Meeko, a Korean Jindo he rescued six years ago.

Sabre truck on display at MATSSabre truck on display at MATS

Posing with a big rig at MATSPosing with a big rig at MATS

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Talkin' tires at MATSTalkin' tires at MATS

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Crowds filled the Mack boothCrowds filled the Mack booth

Richard Petty NASCAR racer at MATSRichard Petty NASCAR racer at MATS

MATS was an opportunity to get equipment details from the expertsMATS was an opportunity to get equipment details from the experts

Crowded show floor at MATS on SaturdayCrowded show floor at MATS on Saturday

Arthur Culbertson and his 1974 Ford WT9000Arthur Culbertson and his 1974 Ford WT9000

Boy Scouts earned merit badges at MATSBoy Scouts earned merit badges at MATS