The Junior Beef Expo remains postponed at least through March 31. The Alabama Farmers Federation and its partners do not take this postponement lightly. Many of our leadership and staff grew up in the industry and fully understand the challenges cancellation or postponement creates for our exhibitors and their projects. We share your disappointment and frustration over the current situation.
While alternative plans are being discussed, including dates and facilities, here are just a few of the challenges that persist:
All public schools are closed until April 6.
Extracurricular activities and field trips have been cancelled.
All Alabama Cooperative Extension System events, including 4-H, have been cancelled through April 10.
President Trump has declared a National Emergency concerning Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Alabama Department of Public Health recommend cancelling or postponing gatherings of 50 or more people.
Logistical challenges such as stalling, staffing and judging.
Rapidly changing information presented by public health officials, state government and national agencies.
It would be irresponsible for us to make a quick decision. Across the country, livestock shows have been canceled or postponed. In some cases, events have been interrupted by local officials and law enforcement, and participants have been sent home. We will continue to gather information as it is made available and provide you with another update no later than Monday, March 23. In the meantime, we ask that you join us in praying for our country during these trying times.