World Dairy Expo (WDE) leadership fired a warning shot at Dane County, Wisc., this week, announcing that while plans to hold the 54th World Dairy Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison continue, COVID-19 restrictions have led the organization to explore alternative venues for 2021.
“Expo recognizes that uncertainty remains surrounding future health regulations that may govern Madison this fall at the time of WDE 2021. To best understand these factors as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Expo has met with Dane County and Alliant Energy Center officials regarding current and potential future local COVID-19 restrictions. Communication with these officials continues as additional clarity is sought,” the organization noted.
WDE said requests for proposal were sought throughout February. At this time, however, WDE is not at liberty to disclose which venues are being considered.
A decision regarding the location of World Dairy Expo 2021, in its entirety, will be made by the WDE Executive Committee later this spring “after all options and implications are thoroughly reviewed.”
“World Dairy Expo leaders remain steadfast in their commitment to gathering the global dairy industry again on the colored shavings, on the Trade Show floor, and in The Tanbark this fall at World Dairy Expo 2021.”
The event is currently scheduled for Sept. 28- Oct. 2, 2021.
Last year, the WDE Executive Committee canceled the event for the first time in its 53-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event welcomed more than 62,000 attendees from nearly 100 countries in 2019.