A popular truck show has been cancelled for this year due to COVID-19 concerns, according to event organizers.
On July 13, organizers with the Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS) announced that the 2020 event would be postponed until 2021 due to concerns over the pandemic.
GBATS had been scheduled to take place in Joplin, Missouri on September 24 — 26, 2020. The event has now been pushed back to September 2021. Organizers also say that they’re planning a Facebook Live event for Friday, September 25th.
“Our main entertainer for Saturday night canceled on us last week due to COVID-19 concerns, several sponsors and longtime exhibitors were expressing concerns, and Joplin has been dubbed a MO hot spot for the virus. In good conscience, we cannot put the health of 10K to 12K participants, staff, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees at risk. Plus, GBATS just wouldn’t feel like GBATS in a restricted/downplayed manner,” organizers explained via a Facebook post.
Coronavirus has put the brakes on a number of trucking industry events so far this year, including MATS, GATS, and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) 2020 Annual Conference and Exhibition.