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Eastern Iowa Sportshow cancels final day after Gov. Reynolds’ update on COVID-19

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - The final day of the Eastern Iowa Sportshow was canceled.

The weekend long event was supposed to go on despite possible spread of COVID-19. However, vendors received notice late Saturday night and early Sunday morning saying they need to pack up their exhibits.

The decision was not because of a case of coronavirus at the UNI-Dome, but came after Gov. Reynolds' update on the first case of community spread out of Dallas County.

The statement on the cancellation of the final day can be found below.

Per source: iowasportshows.com

One of the vendors, Billy Hurt, who's been a vendor for around 20 years says he hasn't seen anything like this.

"I've seen hard times where people aren't able to come out and go to shows with a bad economy, and things like that, but never to where we are not allowed to have shows."

Hurt says many including himself have his livelihood at stake. This is because nearly all event shows are canceled across the country. Hurt says vendors could lose up to several thousand dollars in business.

80-Year-Old Waterloo business, Hank's Live Bait and Tackle, goes to many local sports shows. Owner Mike Everett, who's been doing shows for years says it still was a good two day turnout.

"This has never happened, Mother Nature is our biggest competitor. Even under these circumstances we had a pretty good showing Friday and Saturday, but what are you going to do?" Everett said.

Vinny Lowerre

Producer & Multimedia Journalist

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