Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic canceled amid coronavirus concerns
The Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund, in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic scheduled for Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28 at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.
With the Classic being one of the largest events held at the state fairgrounds, attendance reaching nearly 40,000 in the last several years, The Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund and SCDNR set two criteria, number of cases and access to vaccinations, to monitor as planning continued amid COVID-19. As of recently, COVID-19 cases across South Carolina and the country have increased and vaccines will not be available to the majority of the public until late spring to late summer.
With the public health risk posed by COVID-19, it was felt that there was no way to ensure that this event did not contribute to the spread of the virus. Organizers of the 2021 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic did not come to this decision lightly. Over the last several days, they have heard your concerns and are taking the cues from similar events across the country.
"The health and well-being of South Carolinians and others traveling to South Carolina's largest hunting, fishing and outdoor expo remain our top concern," said Dan DuPre, Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic organizer. "We must take every precaution to protect the thousands of attendees, vendors and volunteers expected to attend the event."
As for next year, we have already started preparations for the 2022 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic tentatively scheduled for March 25-27 and look forward to continuing on the tradition.
SCDNR encourages the public to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information by visiting the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website here: https://scdhec.gov/ and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here: https://www.cdc.gov/.
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