When the doors to the Mid-America Trucking Show open tomorrow, it will be a million square feet of polished paint, shiny chrome, freebies and such. It is always a sight to behold.
Thing is, that doesn't happen overnight. But it does happen fast.
One of the perks to being in the press pool at MATS is the floor access it gets you before the doors ever open. Although you better keep your eyes open and pay attention to where you are going.
Wednesday this show will transform from this photo that I took early this morning:
To this in a matter of mere hours, taken shortly after lunch:
My favorite time of the day will be about 9 p.m. tonight when the work is done. The floor will be quiet. The trucks will gleam under the night lights, and somewhere off in the distance I will be able to hear the whirr of a vacuum cleaner putting the final touches on a booth for Day One.
Looks like it's going to be a great show.