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2 minutes ago, Spoetzl said:

Wasn’t cancelled because of the city/county.

From the press release : 

Several factors contributed to the decision, from a community health and safety perspective, as well as a financial one. Above all, the health and safety of the community is the Rodeo’s top priority, and after much consultation with local and state officials and medical experts, Rodeo officials concluded that cancelling the 2021 event was the right decision, with community health at the forefront of the decision. “

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16 hours ago, MonkeyDoughnut said:

2021 already picking up where 2020 left off... Was so looking forward to a May HLSR.

I guess they don't think people will be getting their vaccines on the timelines they have put out there.

There aren't going to be any full football stadiums this fall either.  This reaction to covid isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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I don't want this thread to get sent to the Cloak Room, but I think the decision to cancel the General Show in May was premature. 

NRG Stadium hosted 8 Texans home games this year. They have also hosted Motor Cross and Monster Jam events almost every weekend in this new year. Many outdoor venues in Houston have remained open. White Oak Music Hall is a good example. If there's a capacity limit on the Kemah Boardwalk or Pleasure Pier, Galveston County has shown zero interest in enforcing it. 

Houston bars are packed with young people without masks. The City and TABC have demonstrated a very half assed effort to enforce their own rules. 

Others upthread mentioned the sponsors pulling out. If this happened, then I agree, you have to pull the plug. No sponsors = no concerts and it's all downhill from there. 

It's not my chosen line of work, but many people do rely on the rodeo for a large chunk of their income. Fairground and carnival vendors. I'm sure a even more NRG contractors and employees will be given their walking papers. 

I hope the ranchers are making due selling their animals via smaller in person auctions and online. 

It sucks as a committeeman because this will further restrict our ability to gather, even outdoors. I'll work my shifts in March and have nothing celebrate in May.

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2 hours ago, Landomatic said:

Horse

Good for you man. Judging by their rigs at the horse lot, those folks have some serious money. My mentee at work used her Calf Scramble money to pay for some of law school. It’s a huge help for kids from small towns. 
 

There will be a Junior Show in March and an auction in May. I’ll chip in for a steer at the auction. 

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On 2/4/2021 at 6:10 AM, Lat22 said:

There aren't going to be any full football stadiums this fall either.  This reaction to covid isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

I disagree. Assuming the vaccines are effective, we'll have football in the fall. I think even the rodeo would have been doable if it was a popup but I think there just isn't going to be enough time for the planning required to pull off that massive event. At this point, I'm pretty sure the logistics were unpredictable. Better to cancel now and be ready for next year than have another clusterf like last year. 

I could be wrong. It happened once before. 😉

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There's some smoke out there that a big announcement is coming soon. I don't understand the need for secrecy, but the previous "big announcement" was Calf Scramble in April, outside of Harris County.

Could be something, could be nothing. I'm really not sure what I'm hoping for at this point. A crawfish boil or a steak dinner would be nice.

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Junior Show Post Mortem: 

- The exhibitors as always were awesome. Not one issue with adhering to the City of Houston’s ridiculous rules. They were just as happy to get out of the house as I was. Salt of the earth. 
- I don’t mind wearing a gaiter, helps with the smell and the dust. I’ll probably wear one next year. 
- This past Friday night was a lot of fun. Not your normal tent night, but pretty good. 
- The kids were able to have a somewhat normal show. They crowned a grand champion and a reserve champion. Hopefully they make some money in May.

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They had a few calf scrambles today. 
 

The Wine Garden will be open on weekends in May for volunteers and their guests. 
 

I’m glad to see things returning to normal. Hopefully we have a great show next year to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the HLSR. 

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