2020 U.P. Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo cancelled
ESCANABA—For the first time in over 50 years, the U.P. Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo will not be held. The decision to cancel was forced by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“This was a tough decision to make for all of us involved,” said Roy Dahlgren, president of District 3 and event coordinator. “Over the years this event has drawn thousands of people to the area. It is a big boost to the local economy, and to the many vendors and tailgaters who regularly attend. We had commitments from many outdoor experts to give presentations along with all the volunteer help ready to go. For many (including the workers) attending this show is the highlight of their year. We understand the disappointment. But in these uncertain times, the U.P Trappers Association wants to ensure the safety of all because they care not only about their sport, the animals they try to capture, the environment, and most importantly the health and safety of all human beings. We just can’t take this risk.”
“We seriously considered taking a ‘wait-and-see’ position regarding the show, but after a lot of discussion and thought, we felt it is the right thing to do (cancel) and not wait any longer. As now people can make other plans for July,” said John Gunville, president of U.P. Trappers Association. “Sure, we could take a chance that all will be OK by the time the convention rolls around, but with so much uncertainty about this pandemic, we trappers care too much about putting anyone around a possible health risk. The show will be back; bigger and better than ever in July 2021!”
This event usually has thousands attending. It is a “family friendly” event with activities provided not only for the trapper/outdoor enthusiasts, but for all members of the family as well. Vendors provide items at sale prices and a wealth of outdoor sport knowledge can be gained by attending the demos. Persons come from all parts of the U.S. and Canada.
“Disappointing? Yes, very much so,” said Jimmy Fornetti, longtime member of District 3. “I am sure that some are actually angry over this decision. Hopefully, eventually everyone will come to understand that we trappers do not want to expose any person, community, or possibly the whole U.P. to any health risk. This issue is too serious to take any chances with! Please be smart, safe and healthy so we can see you at the 2021 Convention.”