Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo canceled due to COVID-19

Members of the FWSSR Executive Committee voted on October 6 to cancel the show next year after consulting with infectious disease experts and public health professionals. (Courtesy)

Originally planned for January 15th to February 15th. 6, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo will not be held in 2021.

Members of the FWSSR Executive Committee voted on October 6 to cancel the show next year after consulting with infectious disease experts and public health professionals. According to an organizational press release, the stock show and rodeo attracts more than 1.2 million guests annually and would create a high risk for the further spread of COVID-19 in the community.

“This is a heartbreaking decision for our leadership and it was not taken lightly,” said FWSSR President Brad Barnes in the press release. “The challenges of creating practical and enforceable protocols and procedures to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are tremendous. The uncertainty of [virus’s] The potential spread to Texas and the nation during the upcoming flu season was another major factor in our decision. “

Officials have calculated a crowd of more than 140,000 a day during the nearly month-long event at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. In addition, more than 30,000 animals will be on display at the Stock Show, representing exhibitors from more than 200 Texas counties.

The FWSSR was canceled only once in 1943 due to World War II. As Fort Worth’s oldest and largest event, the show also has a responsibility to help end the pandemic, Barnes said.

“The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance,” added Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County Director of Public Health. “We support the Executive Committee of the Stock Show in this difficult decision.”

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