It’s that time of year again. The trailer is loaded up with our booth’s supplies, the catalogs are printed and the gas tank is full. Raney’s is ready to make its yearly journey from central Florida to the lowlands of Kentucky for the Mid America Trucking Show.
Once at the show it’s clear to see that the truck show competitors have brought out the microfiber rags, chrome polish and buffing wheels and are preparing their rigs for the Mid America Trucking Show. Each year, thousands of trucks, truck drivers, industry professionals and many more make their way to Louisville Kentucky to see the latest and greatest products for commercial trucks as well as the new models being rolled out by the truck manufacturers themselves. The show itself has a long history of big reveals and this year probably won’t be an exception. The show began in 1972 with only 82 exhibitors and 4,000 registered attendees, founded by a local management group headed by Paul K. Young. Out of its humble beginnings, it has grown into one of the largest conventions in the world for trucking, filling every wing (and the parking lot) of the Kentucky Exposition Center in the heart of Louisville. In 2012, over 80,000 people registered and attended the Mid America Trucking Show and in 2015 we can anticipate that and more.
Some of the events you can expect this year are as follows:
The PKY Truck Beauty Contest: This is where you’ll see the absolute pinnacle of truck design and customization. Every year, the competition is dead-set on one-upping last year’s rigs so there is always something new to see. Plenty of past year’s winners will be there so make sure to keep an eye out for your favorite truck. Hopefully we’ll see some of Raney’s Chrome out on display in Lot J behind the West Wing!
The Fleet Forum: This is a great place to get up to date on industry trends and ways to improve your business. The full schedule is published here. The trucking industry is constantly evolving so topics like self-driving vehicles, environmental trends and getting and keeping drivers will be covered.
The MATS Concert Series: This year the Marshall Tucker Band will be headlining the concert on March 27th. Make sure to get your tickets from the Mobil Delvac Booth #18160 in the North Wing during show hours. The concert will be held on-site in Freedom Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center immediately following the Friday edition of the Mid-America Trucking Show (March 27, 2015). Complimentary tickets will be distributed until they run out, so make sure to grab yours early.
As always, the Raney’s Booth will be there too! We’ll be located in the North Wing in booth 14060 and we’ll have some really awesome truck accessories to show off this year. There will be prizes given out and a United Pacific GLO light giveaway so make sure to stop by our booth early and get in on the action. A big new addition to the booth and setup this year is a really cool new trailer (shown below) so make sure to keep an eye out for it. We’ll also be posting pictures and news from the show on social media, so if you haven’t already, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We have before and after pics of the booth, pictures of the show trucks getting prepared and sneak peaks about new products and our giveaways. Make sure to tag your posts with #Raneys and #MATS2015 so we can share them!