The show is right around the corner…the suspense is killing us!
Arizona National entries go live on October 1 and we’re excited because this gets us one step closer to the 2020 show. Like the rest of you, this year has been…uh…interesting. COVID restrictions have definitely kept us on our toes and will change the way we do things this year. We are also getting the feeling that our entry numbers may be up. Those two factors create a bit of a perfect storm for us. So…
What do we know? Well…that’s always been debatable. In reference to the 2020 show though, here are some of the things that we can expect this year:
• We anticipate face masks will be required to be worn at all times. Yes…we hate them too. The good news is that we’ll provide them for all exhibitors. We know…not much of a concession. But hey! If wearing one is what it takes to have a show, we’re in
• Hand Sanitizer will be readily available at all superintendent offices, clerk’s tables, primary barn entrances and Arizona National Point of Sale Locations
• All exhibitors and guests will be required to sign our 2020 Health & Safety Policy form upon arrival
• Special cabling and additional TV’s will be installed/procured to limit ringside interaction and disseminate information to multiple locations throughout the swine and sheep/goat barns
• Additional Wi-Fi hot spots have been secured to ensure a high quality live stream is available to all exhibitors and guests encouraging them to social distance and watch the show virtually as much as possible
• We’ve moved the deadline for Prospect/Progress cattle up to November 16 to help us with this planning
• Mandatory two barrows/gilts per pen
• All animals will stall on arrival (this is new for cattle). If you would like to stall next to someone, please make sure you’re in the staging line together
• No signage/displays that is larger than the space assigned to you
• Changes can happen fast…so please watch our social media channels for announcements
What don’t we know? Now that is where we’re more comfortable. 🙂 We will have a better feel of what adjustments may need to be made after the entry deadlines close. However, here are the kinds of things that MAY need to happen:
• Swine Barn
1. Possibility of limiting breeding swine to 2 head/exhibitor
2. Possibility of limiting breeding entries via a draw/lottery after the close of entries
3. Possibility of limiting market entries via a draw/lottery after the close of entries
4. Possibility of offering the opportunity for exhibitors to stall out of their trailer near the pig barn
5. Possibility of not accepting late entries
6. Possibility of adjusting/lengthening show times/days
• Sheep/ Goat Barn
1. Possibility of mandatory 3 head/pen for sheep and/or 4 head/pen for goats
2. Possibility of limiting breeding ewes and does to 2 head/exhibitor
3. Possibility of limiting breeding entries via a draw/lottery after the close of entries
4. Possibility of limiting market entries via a draw/lottery after the close of entries
5. Possibility of offering the opportunity for exhibitors to stall out of their trailer near the sheep/goat barn
6. Possibility of not accepting late entries
7. Possibility of adjusting/lengthening show times/days
• Cattle Barn
1. Possibility of limiting spaces allotted for tack in the barns
2. Possibility of no additional space for tack in the bedding area
3. Possibility of limiting Prospect/ Progress Cattle to 2 head/exhibitor
4. Possibility of limiting Jr Breeding Heifers to 2 head/exhibitor
5. Possibility of limiting Market Steers to 2 head/exhibitor
6. Possibility of limiting Open Cattle to a 5 or 10 string max
7. Possibility of limiting Open Cattle and/or Junior Cattle entries via a draw/lottery after the close entries
8. Possibility of Market Steers & Prospect/Progress Cattle not stalling near/with Open Cattle
9. Possibility of not accepting late entries
10. Possibility of adjusting/lengthening show times/days
• What happens if we need to limit entries?
While we do have a “no refund” policy, if we have to reduce entries because of space/facility/time limitations, in an effort to be as fair as possible, we will be revisiting the policy this year and most likely be issuing refunds (less a processing fee).
• How will we make the decision if reductions need to happen and if so, who is affected?
We’re still hopeful that we can make things work out. But, after the entries are in, we’ll have a better idea of what areas need to be focused on. Unfortunately, it’s hard to make decisions prior to that based on all of the variables that are out there.
• How soon will you let us know?
The majority of entry deadlines are November 2 and November 16. We’ll need a few days to process everything and get an idea of where our challenges are. We will check in with everyone on November 23 to let you know where we are.