Sheridan’s Winter Rodeo, that would have been held next February, has been canceled.
According to a news release from Shawn Parker, who’s executive director of Sheridan Travel and Tourism, the decision was made after much deliberation with representatives from Sheridan County and the city of Sheridan.
In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community and across the region, as well as current Sheridan County Public Health orders, event organizers have canceled the event out of concern for public health and safety.
This would have been the third year for the event in Sheridan.
In the release, Parker said he could see no way to effectively social distance or keep safe the over 10,000 people who have come out for the Winter Rodeo in each of the first two years of the event.
He said for the last several months, the intention was to move forward with plans for the event. But the combination of potential mass infection and forced closure of dozens of downtown businesses during the rodeo would be devastating to the local economy and healthcare systems.