Yet another major truck show cancelled for COVID-19

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.

GBATS 2020 Update from Bryan " Bossman" Martin

GBATS 2020 Show Updatehttps://youtu.be/eyD_g2CULvsWhile working on the finishing touches of the best truck show of the year, it became evident that we were going to have to downplay several of the key events that make GBATS so fun and exciting. 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. However, we aren't waiting for 2022 though, be ready for September 2021 where we will have your beloved, action-packed truck show back again! For this year join us on Friday, September 25th, as we will be hosting a legendary 4 Hour Facebook Live Event just for you! Stay tuned for more details!#4StateTrucks #ChromeShopMafia #chrome #chromeshop #customtrucks #semitrucks #trucking #customrig #bigrig #18wheeler #tractortrailer #largecar #cdldriver #trucker #truckers #truckerslife #longhaul #GBATS2020 #BestTrucksShowEver #Peterbilt #Kenworth #Freightliner #Mack #International #Volvo #WesternStar

Posted by Guilty By Association Truck Show on Monday, July 13, 2020

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.