Golf shows in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago will not be held ahead of the 2021 season after Wisconsin's two largest golf shows made the decision to cancel over the weekend.
The Greater Milwaukee Golf Show, which had been scheduled for March 19-21 at Wisconsin State Fair Park, and the Greater Madison Golf Show, which was to have been held March 12-14 at the Madison Marriott West, will not be held in 2021. Kevin Packard Jr., who is in charge of exhibitor and sponsorship sales for Royle Golf Shows, made the announcement Saturday in an email to potential show exhibitors.
"After weeks of meeting with our facilities, county mandate updates and surveys, we decided late (Friday) night that it was best to cancel our golf shows this year," Packard wrote. "We were really hoping that the announcement of the vaccine release would give our shows hope of happening, but after the new mandates were released, it is clear that things are proceeding at a very slow pace. With that said, we just don't think we can put together golf shows that would come close to our standards, exhibitor standards or the standards of our attendees."
The Royle Golf Shows announcement follows a decision by the Chicago Golf Show in December to call off its 2021 show, which is typically held in late February in Rosemont, Ill. It has announced Feb. 25-27 as the dates for its 2022 show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
"This was a very difficult decision, but our primary concern is the health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees," Tom Corcoran, owner of Corcoran Expositions, Inc., wrote in a December email to show vendors. "Given current state and county regulations, it would be impossible to safely host the thousands of exhibitors and fans that attend the Chicago Golf Show during the last weekend of February, as we have done for 37 years."