GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Heart of America Trucking Show will be pumping out tunes from legendary rock band Kansas as a part of a free concert series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).
The US-based national association for professional truckers, OOIDA and Lucas Oil will host the event Oct. 18-19 at the Kansas Speedway and is open to association members, non-members and the public.
The event, which celebrates achievements in the field of professional trucking, features a wide array of activities, educational sessions and competitions all celebrating the past 40 years of fighting for the rights of truckers, according to OOIDA.
This year’s celebration will prominently feature safety and wellness, with a wellness pavilion, health walk, highway safety demonstrations, trucking business seminars and driver awards.
One of the events main highlights includes a performance from progressive rock band Kansas, who also celebrate 40 years together. The band will take to the stage on Friday night to crank out some of their fan favourites including, Carry on Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind. Kansas City favourite, and band opener Rock, Paper, Scissor will hit the Lucas Oil stage before the headliners.
The music will continue on Saturday night with Leland Martin and Eagles tribute band Seven Bridges Road on the Lucas Oil stage and inside the show area, performers including Lindsay Lawler, Beatles tribute band, Liverpool, and local blues band Doghouse Daddies will entertain crowds throughout the day.
Music isn’t the only feature of the two-day event, OOIDA says. Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Motor Carriers Association will host a safety demonstration with a focus on blind zones, watch inspections, brake tests, as well as a rollover simulation.
A 1.5-mile walk, hosted by the Trucking Solutions Group, aims to promote healthy living habits will take foot during Saturday’s show.
The big and the beautiful will also get a time to shine during the event with best looking big rigs competing in a beauty contest beginning on Friday and concluding the next day with an awards ceremony.
For more information or to pre-register for the show, please visit www.ooidatruckshow.com