The Irrigation Association has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Irrigation Show and Education Week, scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.
A message sent by Irrigation Association President Jon Topham and Chief Executive Officer Deborah Hamlin stated that the IA Board of Directors determined that they could not guarantee a positive and rewarding experience for attendees and exhibitors.
Continuing the message states that the show relies on in-person networking and face-to-face business meetings and hands-on instruction that would not be possible given the ongoing social distancing measures.
“This has been a trying time for us all,” Topham says in the message. “Please know that while our show may be canceled, the IA continues its mission to promote efficient irrigation. We will be sending out more information to our exhibitors and supporters on how to continue investing in the IA’s efforts in lieu of a 2020 Irrigation Show, including many new virtual marketing opportunities. While the challenges facing us all are strong, our resolve is stronger. We are a resilient industry with a bright future ahead.”
Virtual alternatives for education opportunities will be unveiled. IA is developing the first-ever virtual Education Week, including the IA University classes normally offered in person. While the schedule for the classes will be announced soon, they will still be held during the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4.
Plans are to work with exhibitors to offers opportunities to connect and provide information on new technologies, products, and services. The new product contest will be conducted virtually with ample opportunity for contractors to see and learn about the technologies being considered for the awards.
In addition, beginning this summer, IA will be offering regular webinars and other opportunities for contractors to continue their educational journey. Follow IA at https://www.irrigation.org/ for more information.
The 2021 Irrigation Show and Education Week remains on schedule in San Diego, California, Dec. 6-10, 2021.