A combination of factors has led the Methow Valley Horsemen board of directors to cancel the 2021 Labor Day Rodeo, which had been scheduled for Sept. 4-5.
“There were just too many variables,” board president Dennis Gardner said of the group’s decision, including the impact of fires and smoke on summer tourism, and school opening earlier than usual. Gardner emphasized that it was a group decision.
The Methow Valley Horsemen (MVH) were able to stage the 2021 Memorial Day Rodeo, before the summer’s wildfires affected travel and health condi tions.
Gardner said the Memorial Day Rodeo was a success. “There was a great crowd, and a lot of cowboys,” he said.
This year, the MVH received relatively few inquiries from potential competitors for the Labor Day event, Gardner said.
Both the Memorial Day and Labor Day Methow Valley Rodeos were canceled in 2020 because of COVID protocols – the first time since the annual event was launched in 1971 that there were no rodeos staged.
In 2015, the Labor Day Rodeo was called off because of poor air quality conditions in the valley resulting from wildland fires. The towns of Twisp and Winthrop were under evacuation advisories and smoke from wildfires remained at levels considered unhealthy for outdoor activity.