OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE SHOW
The Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show has made the difficult decision to cancel the show based on the mandate just issued from Governor Kate Brown. It’s in the best interest of the community, our exhibitors and our staff. This decision is particularly difficult given our 10 months of preparation, high hopes to deliver our best show ever and the effort of our hundreds of exhibitors and local businesses whose business will be impacted by this decision. This situation has developed rapidly, we have been watching it closely to understand the risk to all-involved and ultimately that risk is too severe for us to open the show.
This is the first time we’ve cancelled or closed a show in our 80 years of business. Recent events associated with the coronavirus have developed quickly as everyone is working to grapple with the reality of this potentially fast-spreading virus and what steps to take based on the information and science available. In just the last 24 hours we have gone from taking a number of actions to provide handwashing stations and safety information to ultimately closing the show. To say this situation has moved fast is an understatement.
To be clear, O’Loughlin Trade Shows, and the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show, will always put the well-being and safety of our attendees, exhibitors and staff first.