Another One Bites the Dust

COVID bucks Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo off the 2021 calendar

COVID bucks Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo off the 2021 calendar

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo 2020, Dickies Arena, barrel racing
The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has canceled its upcoming 2021 event, scheduled January 15-February 6, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of yet another major event, the 2021 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which had been scheduled to take place January 15-February 6, 2021.

Organizers released the following statement on the Stock Show site:

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the executive committee of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has cancelled the 2021 Show. Consultations with numerous infectious disease and public health professionals indicate the Stock Show – with more than 1.2 million guests, exhibitors and competitors converging on the Will Rogers complex – would rank as a “very high risk” for further spread of COVID-19 and potentially impact populations and healthcare systems in Fort Worth and beyond the North Texas area. We urge everyone to do their part in the effort to bring this dreaded disease under control.

According to a Stock Show spokesperson, this is only the second cancellation in the history of the event, which has been taking place since 1896. The previous cancellation occurred in 1943 at the height of World War II.

The Stock Show & Rodeo is the biggest annual event on the Fort Worth calendar, featuring daily rodeos, animal shows, livestock auctions, a midway with carnival games and fair food, and multiple concerts. The event moved to Dickies Arena for the first time in 2020 after many years at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.