COVID bucks Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo off the 2021 calendar
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of another major event, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo 2021, which was scheduled to take place from January 15 to February 6, 2021.
The organizers have posted the following statement on the Stock Show website:
Due to the ongoing threat from COVID-19, the Executive Committee of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has canceled the show in 2021. Consultations with numerous infectious disease and public health professionals indicate the Stock Show – with more than 1.2 million guests, exhibitors and competitors approaching the Will Rogers Complex – as a “very high risk” for the further spread of COVID -19 and Potential Impact is rated population and health systems in Fort Worth and beyond. We urge everyone to do their part to bring this dreaded disease under control.
According to a spokesman for the Stock Show, this is only the second cancellation in the history of the event, which has been held since 1896. The previous cancellation was in 1943 at the height of the Second World War.
The Stock Show & Rodeo is the largest annual event on the Fort Worth calendar, featuring daily rodeos, animal shows, cattle auctions, a center with carnival games and fair food, and multiple concerts. The event was moved to the Dickies Arena for the first time in 2020 in many years at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.