Editor’s Note: Pretty much every event of note cancelled or postponed, though many are starting to post their rescheduled dates. For the most up to date information, check out Knife Magazine’s Event’s Calendar. Click the link or the image below:
Note: As mentioned, things are continually updating. The Shenandoah Valley Show has rescheduled for June 12,13,14 since the publication of the image above.
As the Wuhan Coronavirus dominates the headlines, the fallout for shows and other industry gatherings continues to build. For the first time, we have seen a knife specific event being affected. Last night it was announced that the Arkansas Knife Show, scheduled for just a week from now (March 20-21, 2020), has been postponed. According to organizers, theirs was the last Little Rock event of more than 250 to pull the plug.
UPDATE: New date announced –
In light of the global pandemic from the Corona Virus, I have moved the date of the Arkansas Knife Show to September 4 & 5, 2020.
The health and welfare of the attendees and exhibitors is my number one priority. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I felt like this was the right decision given the gravity of the situation. My hope is that the 6 months between the original show date and the new show date, will give us a chance to have a better handle on the virus.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an e-mail, text, or call me.
Thank you for your support.
Organizer Logan Pearce writes:
“95% of the current ticket holders that reached out want me to postpone. A majority of the table holders as well.
I am in agreement that even if we have the show, the media has scared enough people against the very thing we are doing. It wouldn’t be a great turn out.
Truly, the well-being of you is what matters. The whole point of the events that I put on are to bring like minded people together for a day or weekend of fun. To look and buy knives. See old friends and make new ones.
There is no winning in this situation that we are faced with. The best that I can do is postpone it. As soon as I know the dates, I will let you all know. From what I am told the hotels that weren’t doing refunds or cancellations, are allowing them, because of the situation.”
Also breaking last night was the news that the National Rifle Association would be cancelling their 2020 Annual Meeting in Nashville in April. According to Ammoland:
Such an action wouldn’t be totally unprecedented. In 1999 the Annual Meeting was scheduled for Denver, Colorado. Just a few days before the event though, two deeply disturbed high school students went on a rampage in Littleton, Colorado. In response, the exhibit hall portion of the Annual Meetings was canceled, along with all social events, and the Meeting of Members was reduced to a bare minimum, in order to meet legal requirements in the charter and bylaws.
One of the largest antique gun and knife shows, the Maryland Arms Collectors Show, will also be cancelling its show scheduled for March 21-22nd. Not necessarily because they wanted to, rather they were forced to make the decision due to executive fiat:
“Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland has ordered all public gatherings with greater than 250 participants be cancelled. Therefore, MACA is obligated to follow Governor’s Executive Order.
MACA will provide information regarding the management process for the cancellation of our “Baltimore Show” in following months.
We appreciate the loyalty of our show attendees and exhibitors for the last 65 years of our “Baltimore Show”.
UPDATE: Oregon OKCA Show cancelled:
“In compliance with the order of the Oregon Governor, the OKCA April 2020 Knife Show will NOT be held.”
“Governor Stitt just made special announcement about Coronavirus today. At this point, State of Oklahoma has no plans to ban big gatherings or cancel schools. He recommends everyone use common sense measures to stay healthy.
At this point we’re still planning on having the show”.
March 13, 2020 It is with great regret we are announcing the cancellation of Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show April 4 & 5. In light of current events, we do not want to put our exhibitors, spectators or employees at risk. For over 65 years we have held two shows a year without exception until now. For the safety of everyone involved, this is the right thing to do.
Additionally, we are very concerned that the Governor of Oklahoma will follow the example of other states and limit the number of people allowed to gather in one space. Should this happen, we want to give everyone as much time as possible to change their travel plans.
If you reserved tables for the April show, money and tables will transfer to the November 14 & 15 show. If you were on non-renewable tables, alternate tables will be assigned or a refund given.
If you purchased Advance VIP tickets, those may be returned to the store where you purchased the ticket or it can be used for entry to the November 14 & 15 show.
We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused, and look forward to seeing everyone in November.
We have reached out to the other shows on our Events Calendar, and will update this post as appropriate.
The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the US has caused the MKA to decide to postpone the Annual Knife show. The new dates will be 19-20 September. More info will be posted as it becomes available.
Nordic Knives Invitational Knife Show – NEW DATE – NOW OCTOBER 3rd, 2020
We are excited to announce the Nordic Knives Invitational Knife Show, formerly known as the Solvang Custom Knife Show. The show will be held Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at the Grove Hotel in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho. The impressive group of attending makers listed below attest that this will be the premier custom art knife event in the world in 2020. The show format remains the same – almost all knives will be sold by drawing. Each maker will bring a minimum of three and a maximum of eight knives, and they may elect to sell one knife by bid-up. The show will open to buyers at 10:00 AM for a three hour viewing period, with drawings commencing at 1:00 PM. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend as a buyer please contact Nordic Knives’ owner Dave Harvey at 208-202-2913. Pre-registration is required – no tickets are sold at the door the day of the show.
“It is with much regret that due to new restrictions placed upon the State by the Governor due to the COVID19 pandemic we must postpone the show until further notice. My deepest apologies. Stay safe and be strong. We will all get through this if we work together.”
The Bunker Hill Knife Show is being postponed to a future date, perhaps in June or July. Watch Knife Magazine and www.knifemagazine.com for updates.
It is with the greatest regret that due to the present outbreak of Coronavirus and, in line with government advice, the decision has been taken to cancel the forthcoming London Antique Arms Fair which was to be held on Saturday 21 March at the RAF Museum.
Our next event is scheduled for 26 September 2020 and we hope to see you all then.
We would like to thank everyone for their fantastic support for the upcoming Lehigh Valley Knife Show. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has just issued a statement: “Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”
PA Knife Shows, LLC will therefore be postponing the Lehigh Valley Knife Show to the weekend of
September 26th & 27th, 2020
If you have any questions concerning the show, please contact us directly.
We wish everyone the very best in dealing with and working through these difficult circumstances. Please stay safe, wash your hands, keep in touch with your friends and family, and say a prayer for all of us. We very much look forward to seeing ALL of you in September.
Piney Woods Hammer-In cancelled:
We have heard from Don McIntosh that the Texarkana College that they are canceling the Introduction Class and we are canceling the Spring Piney Woods hammer-in.
It is official that our NCCA March 22 show has been cancelled, just found out this morning after MA state Change yesterday. Our Groton show is still on but possibly in jeopardy depending on CT state mandates.(May 2-3, 2020)
On the recommendation of Tannehill State Park, We the Alabama Forge Council will not have the 32nd Batson Bladesmithing Symposium in April 2020. The event is postponed to another date in 2020 or to the next schedule in April 2021. We intend to have the same demonstrators as scheduled for the reschedule date.