Coronavirus Cancels Canoecopia

-

- Advertisment -

Canoecopia has become the first major paddlesports gathering to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Organizers announced the cancellation of the long-running consumer tradeshow held in Madison, Wis., on March 12. The even was scheduled to take place March 13-15.

Canoecopia organizer and Rutabaga Paddlesports owner Darren Bush confirmed the cancellation of the annual Canoecopia show at 1:30 pm Wednesday, March 12, less than 24 hours before the show was scheduled to start, due to strong recommendations from the Wisconsin State Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We understood the situation was rapidly developing, and we made the call to protect our staff, our customers, and our community,” says Bush, adding it was not a decision made hastily. “We watched the situation develop and it became obvious that the right thing to do was to cancel. Canoecopia is our baby, but we had to look at the big picture. In retrospect looking back 24 hours, with the president declaring a national health emergency, we clearly made the right decision.”

Held at the Alliance Energy Center downtown, the event is the largest paddlesports consumer tradeshow in the world, with 50,000 square feet of exhibitor space, as well as a host of educational seminars,  clinics and presentations. Historically, the event draws upwards of 20,000 attendees.

He adds there has been an outpouring of support from the paddling community. “I have hundreds of emails from kind customers supporting Rutabaga Paddlesports, saying ‘We got your back!’.”

The best news for paddlers is the latest recommendation from the CDC: social distancing. “Now we have an excuse to go paddling away from crowds for the common good,” he says.

Canoecopia 2021 will be held March 12-14, 2021. “We greatly appreciate the support of our paddling family. If you have already purchased tickets for this year’s show, they will be honored at Canoecopia next year. Save the date now for March 12-14, 2021. We’re already planning for next year.”

Info: Rutabaga Paddlesports

Please check the Canoecopia website for updated information. www.canoecopia.com 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

New Guidebook Release: Paddling the Salish Sea

In Paddling the Salish Sea, professional kayaker and SUP instructor Rob Casey guides paddlers to the quiet inlets of...

River Management Society Announces 2024 River Studies and Leadership Certificate Recipients

The River Management Society (RMS) has announced 2024 recipients of the River Studies and Leadership Certificate, a program offered...

Paddle the Nation’s Driest State with New National Rivers Project Resources

Planning a river trip to America’s driest state has never been easier. The National Rivers Project (NRP) website, a...

2024 Yukon River Quest Begins June 26 with 76 Teams

The 24th annual Yukon River Quest is set to start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at...
- Advertisement -

Paddle Sports Show Hits France Sept. 24-26 (with New Film Fest—Enter to Win!)

  Mark your calendars! The 2024 edition of the Paddle Sports Show will take place this year again Sept. 24-26...

TALES FROM THE CRIPPS: Episode 23 – Paying It Forward with Andrey Coto Robles

Coto is back! It's been almost a year and a half since doing one of my favorite interviews with...

Must read

Bren Orton Update: Body of Pro Kayaker Found in Switzerland’s Lake Maggiore

The body of British extreme kayaker Bren Orton, 29,...

Paddlesports Trade Coalition Announces Colab Event in Okla. City Sept. 3-6

PTC Colab at Riversport OKC September 3-6, 2024. The new Paddlesports...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you