Meeker Classic cancels 2020 trials due to COVID-19

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The 2020 Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials have been canceled due to COVID-19.

MEEKER | “It’s with heavy hearts and after months of great thought we have come to the conclusion that canceling this year’s event due to the COVID-19 public health pandemic is the safest, most responsible thing to do for the safety of everyone involved,” said Board President, Bruce Clatterbaugh Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Echoing Clatterbaugh’s words, Board Vice-President Regas Halandras added, “Going forward, we look forward to gathering in 2021, as we keep the Meeker Classic as the standard to which any trial might aspire to meet.”

The Meeker Classic Board recognizes the implications of this decision including the inability to celebrate sheepdog trials, education, culture and trade in this annual weeklong tradition that showcases volunteerism, sportsmanship and the community. This signifies a substantial loss of economic impact the Meeker Classic has on the community. 

“It is our hope that friends of the Meeker Classic will still find a way to visit Meeker, enjoy the open spaces and support the local community,” Halandras said. “The country is beautiful and so are the people.” 

Meeker Classic organizers encourage everyone to learn about the agricultural heritage of the area and the massive contributions the industry has made in preserving our resources, building the community and feeding the world. 

In the meantime, the Meeker Classic Board extends their deepest appreciation, “to the community and the many volunteers who have given time, work and support to make this event what it is today. Our 33 years of traditions and legacy speaks of everything good in this country. This event brings people together — it transcends generations, cultures and livelihoods and it elicits a sense of community for all those involved. “

Going forward, the Meeker Classic looks forward to welcoming 2021 as plans are made for the 34th anniversary event on Sept. 8-12, 2021. Details will be posted at www.meekersheepdog.com