WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The 2020 Texas Ranch Roundup has been canceled due to Coronavirus concerns.
The decision comes after officials received input from ranches, sponsors and event coordinators, and after they reviewed guidelines from the local health department.
Texas Ranch Roundup officials said they didn’t want to risk affecting the health of people from the different communities that would be attending the event.
“We want to have it like it’s meant to be had and so our plans moving forward are for next July, we’re going to celebrate the 40th year of the Ranch Roundup,” Ashley Sims, director of marketing and development for North Texas Rehabilitation Center said.
They are planning to see everyone next year on June 16 and 17.
Michael Tipton, general manager for the MPEC told us this is a significant blow to not only the rehab center but for the whole community. With this large event not happening at Kay Yeager, it leaves his staff going back to the drawing board.
“This may have far reaching impacts on us as far as staffing and when we’re able to really get back to normal,” Tipton said.
For the city of Wichita Falls, losing events like this and Hotter’N Hell means taking a financial hit with less visitors coming to they city to spend money.
“We’ve seen a decline in our hotel occupant numbers which will in turn means a decline in our hotel motel tax revenues,” Lindsay Barker with the cities Convention and Visitors Bureau said.
Total hotel/motel occupancy was at just over 30%, that’s half what it was the same time last year.
While we all look to when things can go back to normal, the hope is the decades of support for the rodeo will draw big crowds come 2021.
“Hopefully this brief hiatus will make everybody miss it and look forward to next year and come out in droves,” Tipton said.