SAN ANGELO, TX – Rodeo officials confirmed Wednesday that the 2021 San Angelo Rodeo will be moved.
In a press conference held in the Concho Valley Credit Union Fiesta Building, on Dec. 9, Justin Jonas, Executive Director of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association informed members of the press that this year's rodeo will be moved to April 9 – 24, 2021.
The San Angelo Rodeo was expected to be Feb 8. until Feb 21. The main reason for moving the rodeo is to provide a safe environment for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday Rodeo Houston announced that they will be pushing back their rodeo to May. The Jr. Livestock Show in Houston is still expected to happen on normal schedule. In early Oct. the Fort Worth Rodeo canceled due to fear of spreading coronavirus.
The San Angelo Stock Show will still continue as planned in Feb. This year though they will spread out the shows more.
"For example we won't have different species in the barn at one time," said Jonas. "We are working very hard here to keep everyone safe."
This year they will also be live streaming all of their livestock shows to help reduce crowds in the livestock barns.
The SASSRA said that they are working very closely with a lot of entities including Tom Green County Local Health Authority Dr. Vretis.
Here is more information Released Wednesday:
The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association, along with community officials, announced today their plans for the 2021 event. The San Angelo Stock Show will take place as scheduled February 3 through 21, 2021, however, the San Angelo Rodeo, carnival, vendors, and other such attractions and activities are now scheduled for April 9-24, 2021. The Premium Sale associated with the Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021.
The Rodeo Parade will take place on April 10th, the opening Saturday of the rodeo. Additionally, the Santa Fe Trail Ride, long-time event of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, will take place in the days immediately preceding the rodeo. The Championship Cook-Off will be held April 10th, near the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena. More information regarding these events will be released as they become available.
“The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association is dedicated to our mission of providing educational opportunities for livestock exhibitors. We will continue as planned with our livestock show in February, making some modifications to the schedule to accommodate an increase in livestock entries,” Justin Jonas, Executive Director of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo stated.
“We feel moving the rodeo and all other related events provides a better outlook in health safety to our rodeo participants and guests alike. The staff is working endlessly to get information out to all of our vested partners,” he continued.
Moving the majority of the event two months later may not provide a guarantee in regards to the current health outbreak, but provides more hope for hosting the events. As the event nears, more information will be provided regarding ticket sale dates and other relevant information.
The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo is the largest economic impact event west of I-35 in the state of Texas, and continues to promote agriculture education and western heritage through the events that it hosts. The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Foundation continues to award scholarships annually to Texas youth, and has just shy of $2 million in scholarships. Stay up to date on the most current information at www.sanangelorodeo.com, or by following the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.