Earlier this year, the Grand Island Livestock Complex Authority (GILCA) began exploring the potential of hosting a one-time Livestock Show as an alternative to the cancelled National Western Stock Show in Grand Island, Nebraska.
GILCA's stakeholders, representing Fonner Park, Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, and Grand Island Tourism, planned for The NebraskaN Livestock Show to be held at the Fonner Park/State Fair livestock complex for 16 days in January 2021.
Unfortunately, The NebraskaN Livestock Show will be cancelled due to the current pandemic. In a recent release, the National Western Stock Show shared their disappointment in cancelling despite the overwhelming support for the show from the national livestock community, the City of Grand Island, and the citizens and businesses of Nebraska..
The show prioritized protecting the health and safety of event attendees and Grand Island residents through guidelines and other safety measures. Despite best efforts, the rise of the pandemic nationally and recent guidelines that have been enacted in Nebraska and other states means that the logistics of putting on a quality event is no longer possible.
“It grieves us that we will not be able to host this event for the community of Grand Island, Nebraska,” shares NebraskaN State Fair Executive Director Bill Ogg in the news release. “We genuinely wanted to support the national beef cattle industry and the commercial vendors in having an alternative to their traditional January event. All entry fees and vendor reservations that have been received will be returned. We want to thank all of those that have been involved in the planning and hard work to prepare for The NebraskaN Livestock Show.”
Susan Russell, Colorado Simmental Association (CSA) Secretary and longtime organizer for the NWSS Simmental shows, shares, “CSA wishes to thank the Nebraska Simmental Association Board for their willingness to jointly host the 2021 Expo in Grand Island. The teamwork in the last couple months has been amazing. CSA also gives its thanks to American Simmental Association for support, to sponsors who have stepped forward, and the outstanding officials who were lined up to evaluate the entries.” Despite planning being well underway and the disappointment of cancelling this event, for the safety of the community, exhibitors, and the attendees, organizers felt this was the right decision.
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