Trucking calendar: GATS returns to Dallas Aug. 22-24

Show trucks and antique trucks will be available for viewing on the GATS show floor.Show trucks and antique trucks will be available for viewing on the GATS show floor.

More than 500 exhibitors with over 50,000 products are gearing up for the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Aug. 22-24. Show attendees will be able to scope out newer model trucks, access health screenings, and connect with potential employers.

REGISTRATION: Registration is free online in advance of the truck show. On-site registration will cost $10.

TRUCK PARKING: Free truck and RV parking, no hook-ups, is available at the TA-Petro Truck Parking Community. The address is 3013 S Haskell Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Free shuttles will run to and from the truck show. The truck parking community will feature shower trailers, truck service and repairs, food trucks, pet grooming, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT: Red Eye Radio is bringing out several celebrities for meet-and-greets and performances, including American Idol alum and Grammy winner Taylor Hicks. Other celebrities and notable names coming to GATS include Olivia Ooms, Jayne Denham, Tony Justice, Bill Weaver, Jason Henley, Ken Freeman and Taylor Barker.

INFORMATION: GATS is also a place to polish your trucking business skills and learn about the latest regulatory issues. There will be a series of seminars on two stages including Overdrive’sPartners In Business Workshops, which is presented in conjunction with owner-operator business service provider ATBS. There will be seminars on regulatory issues presented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and a panel discussion of parking issues.

Here’s what else is happening in August: 

Aug. 2-4: Trains, Trucks & Tractors at Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia

Aug. 3-4: Empire State Antique Truck Association 33rd Annual Antique Truck, Farm & Construction Show at Stafford Firemens Grounds in Stafford, New York

Aug. 4: Illinois Railway Museum Transportation Extravaganza in Union, Illinois

Aug. 8-11: National Brockway Truck Show at CNY Living History Center in Cortland, New York

Aug. 9-10: Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri

Aug. 10: 10th Annual Sweet Corn Classic Truck Show at Dallas County Fairgrounds in Adel, Iowa

Aug. 14-17: ATA National Truck Driving Championship and National Step Driving Championships at David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aug. 16: Wicomico County Fair Car & Truck Show at Winter Place Park in Salisbury, Maryland

Aug. 17: Watts Truck Center Truck, Car & Equipment Show at The Lions Club Demo Derby Grounds in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania

Aug. 22-24: Great American Trucking Show at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas

Aug. 23-25: 27th Annual Brooks Truck Show at Pacific Northwest Truck Museum in Brooks, Oregon

Aug. 24: ATHS Susquehanna Valley Chapter Antique Truck Show at Kenworth of Pennsylvania in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Aug. 31: 42nd Annual LeMay Car & Truck Show at LeMay Family Collection at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington

Aug. 31 – Sept. 1: ATHS Palmetto Upstate Chapter Fall Show at Dacusville Heritage Association Field in Easley, South Carolina