Well, it was the news that no one wanted to hear, but everyone knew was coming. Blade Show 2020, which had been rescheduled for less than 3 weeks from now (August 7-9th), has cancelled the 2020 show entirely.
With the 39th annual BLADE Show scheduled for Aug. 7-9, we have been receiving countless questions from exhibitors and attendees about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the show and its guests.
Unfortunately, we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it’s in the best interest of all concerned to cancel BLADE Show 2020.
Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. Having been in daily contact with guests, exhibitors, local officials and the show venue for the past two months, it has become apparent that we cannot present a 2020 event that meets exhibitor and attendee expectations and BLADE Show standards.
While the state of Georgia continues to grapple with decisions about new guidelines and restrictions to deal with the pandemic, BLADE Show too recognizes its responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees.
BLADE Magazine and the BLADE Show staff appreciate the support we received from our many industry friends who worked with us to plan for the alternate August dates after we were forced to cancel the original June event.
The 40th Annual BLADE Show is scheduled for June 4-6, 2021, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thank you all so much for your support in our efforts. We look forward to bringing the knife community together again in 2021.
I had been keeping an eye on the Cobb Galleria website, because their first show back opened this week. It was our guess that if the venue was open, they were going to have the show. I figured the cancellation would be forced by the city of Atlanta or the State of Georgia.
This is probably the wisest course of action. While I still hold that I am more likely to die turning left onto a 4-lane 60mph highway every time I leave my neighborhood, that doesn’t mean I want to go golfing in a thunderstorm.