As of July 27th, the 2020 NASGW Expo (National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesaler Expo) and Annual meeting has been canceled amid fears over COVID-19 in Texas. The expo was slated to have taken place between October 20-23 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
2020 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting Officially Canceled
The NASGW Expo and Annual meeting is a good opportunity for distributors, wholesalers, independent as well as media service providers to get together to help provide the buyers of the industry with access to the sellers.
According to the press release below, the decision was made to cancel the expo by the NASGW board of directors who cited an increase of COVID-19 cases as being the main reason behind the expo’s cancellation.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers’ Board of Directors voted unanimously today to cancel the 2020 NASGW Expo that was scheduled for October in Grapevine, Texas.
NASGW leadership has been monitoring the mounting cases of COVID-19 in Texas and the expanding travel restrictions throughout the country. Despite extensive planning and precautions taken to limit risk, the health and safety of our members and the shooting sports industry is the top priority.
“As cases have continued to increase and travel restrictions are starting to expand, this decision is best for the health and safety of our members,” said Laurie Aronson, NASGW Chairwoman. “We need to protect our industry right now, and unfortunately that means canceling the NASGW Expo.
As of writing the Board of Directors has gone ahead and announced a future date for the 2021 NASGW expo which will be held between October 27th and 29th in Columbus Ohio. NASGW Presiden Kenyon Gleason had this to say about the cancellation of this year’s event.
Unfortunately, bringing people together in 2020 is not the best thing for our association, our industry, or our country. This was a very difficult decision, but one that ultimately proved the most responsible course of action.
It is my personal wish that expos like this one stop getting canceled as they are a great opportunity for business-minded firearms enthusiasts to get to meet face to face with the people working on the very products and services they use. We can only hope that NASGW 2020 is the last firearms-related expo to fall to the threat of COVID-19. To keep up to date with the latest news from NASGW you can visit their website.