|Downtown Dallas night before GATS|
Thanks to Tom and his blog, Road Tested Living, I recived my first ever Press Pass which allowed me to see a little of the behind the scenes of the show. The all- powerful press pass enabled entrance into the super secretive club room known as the "Press Room". It even granted me early entrance to the showroom floor, and pretty much no questions asked access to almost anywhere I wanted to go, within reason, during the entire truck show. I'm not one of those take advantage of a situation kind of person, so I didn't test the boundaries. The media access and catered goodies in the press room were a special treat to escape to throughout the busy day, especially for someone with tired little toesies and blood sugar that was practically flopping on the floor.
|Press room goodies.|
The large hanging numbers over head were easy to see and helpful in finding key areas and displays inside the convention center. The addition of the talent search, Truck Tank, and the Health Pavilion gave GATS an air of a true "EVENT" and not just a show where you idly walk around. There were some neat things this time around too if you were only there for the "trucker treating" from the vendors.
Of course, from a Florida girl, the John Anderson concert completely rocked! We all knew he was going to close with it, but when the first notes of "Seminole Wind" started I got chills. It is an anthem for anyone born and raised in Florida that will go straight to your heart!
|Backstage with John Anderson|
|Watching the show from backstage.|