JOPLIN, Mo. — It’s no doubt Joplin is a trucking hub. And it’s definitely no doubt the GBATS show is the biggest trucking show. It culminates Saturday with the Special Olympics convoy with an expected 400 trucks to Mercy Park and a free concert.

Bryan “Bossman” Martin of Four State Trucks tells us this is going to be the biggest year ever, “885 trucks pre-registered which is hundreds more than we had in the past.“

He invites the public from the Joplin area, ”No cost family fun. We’ve got Kids Zone, the inflatables, no cost parking. No cost to enter the truck show.”

Hosted by Four States Trucks, home of the Chrome Shop Mafia, at I-44, exit 4.

FRIDAY … Rig Burnouts, Stunt Show, Truck & Tractor Pull w/Fireworks. Have you ever seen a Semi-Truck do a burn out? The Big Rig Burn outs are Friday evening. Then the Lucas Oil tractor pull. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks show.

SATURDAY … The morning the Special Olympics Breakfast kicks off the day with proceeds going to the non-profit.

The day continues with the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, Celebrity Meet, and Greet, Convoy Auction to raise money for Special Olympics of SWMO. Then to end the truck show we have a Convoy to the Street Party at Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO.  

  • North on Coyote/Schifferdecker from event.
  • Turn right/east onto 20th Street.
  • Turn right/south onto S. Main.
  • Turn right/west onto 26th Street.
  • Trucks park 4-across 26th at the Street Party at Mercy Park (26th & Maiden Lane) in Joplin.
  • FREE JOE NICHOLS CONCERT (Curtis Grimes opens 7:45 p.m.)

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