The 2021 National Western Stock Show set to be held in Denver has been canceled, with officials hoping the 115th running of the annual show can return in 2022. COVID-19-related concerns were cited as the reason for the cancelation, or rather postponement, of the show, which has been in operation since 1906.
At times called the "Super Bowl" of livestock shows, this 16-day event typically attracts more than 650,000 people. A show of this size obviously has a major impact on the local economy, with officials having stated that it contributes $120 million throughout the month of January alone.
The show was set to run from January 9 to 24, 2021.
According to Mayor Hancock, the only other time the National Western Stock Show has been canceled or postponed was in 1917, also due to a virus that was causing big problems around the country.
In regard to the postponement, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show Paul Andrews stated the following:
“Over the past several months, we reviewed and exhausted every option possible to host our event including a modified show with reduced capacity. Ultimately, the health and safety of our guests, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff is of top priority and the NWSS and the City of Denver could not find a path forward to have Stock Show and comply with the rules that govern gatherings of our size and rules of social distancing."
The trade show features 900 booth spaces on 90-acres of space. This year, it was expected to draw more than 700,000 people with more than 65,000 on site during well attended days.
While the 115th running of the show won't be happening in 2021, fans have been informed that the 2022 dates will be January 8 through 23.