World Dairy Expo Decides to Cancel
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/05/2020
Wisconsin's largest agricultural gathering of the year is a no go for 2020. Executives with World Dairy Expo announced Thursday afternoon that the show will need to be canceled due to public health orders in Dane County and restrictions related to COVID-19.
"Our collective heart is heavy as we share with you that World Dairy Expo 2020 has been canceled," said General Manager Scott Bentley. "We know how much this hurts; we feel it, too. Please know other options were explored and considered by the World Dairy Expo Executive Committee and staff."
The event's board had earlier given themselves a deadline of July 1 to determine if the show would go on as scheduled at Madison's Alliant Energy Center. But since the facility falls under the jurisdiction of Emergency Order #3 and Forward Dane, the phased reopening plan for Dane County would not properly align with the large crowds the show typically brings to the grounds.
"Unwaveringly, we recognize our responsibility is to maintain the health of our community and the safety of all of you as exhibitors, attendees and volunteers and to adhere to the orders dictated by Dane County and the national guidelines from the CDC as they relate to COVID-19," Bentley added.
All contracted exhibitors and sponsors will be issued refunds for any payments already made for this year's forum.
World Dairy Expo had been scheduled for September 29 through October.