Below is the notification sent to vendors and pre-sale ticket purchasers announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo 2020. While we, like you, are disappointed about the cancellation, we agree completely with the promoters that the health and safety of everyone involved is paramount. Hope to see you at next year’s Expo!
Subject: CANCELLATION – Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:18:22 -0500
From: Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo
All – We are deeply saddened to report the decision to cancel the 2020 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo due to COVID-19, coronavirus. We are following official guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. It is our responsibility to take the health of our exhibitors, volunteers, attendees and community seriously. Mandates for the cancellation of large gatherings (over 250 people) are rapidly approaching in Minnesota, as well as more university closures each day, and it is important for us to give all those with Expo involvement notice to change plans. Please share this email with all of your associated staff and volunteers.
Due to the nature of our event, including average age of attendee, proximity and interaction of the public, and the sheer size of attendance, our event has been classified as moderate to to high-risk. This decision has not been made lightly, and we have received notice of exhibitors, attendees and volunteers who have made their own decisions to not attend due to the risk factors.
Many of you have been affected by the cancellation of the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Michigan and other fly fishing show closures in the past few days. We acknowledge the importance of these shows to many of your annual incomes and will push to promote your businesses in the coming weeks and months. Please reach out with anything we can do to support you in this time.
Look for another email in the coming days with information and next steps for exhibitors and pre-sale ticket purchasers. We sincerely thank everyone for the time and effort they have devoted to this 2020 event. Please join us in looking forward to a robust 2021 show season.
Carl Haensel & Jade Thomason
Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo & Minnesota Trout Unlimited
Expo Phone: 612-562-9242