CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Covid 19 is being blamed for the cancellation of another extremely popular event in West Virginia. The West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association announced this week the 2021 West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show set for January at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center won’t happen.
“We had talked about it a good bit and in the interest of the outfitters and vendors who have been so good to us, we wanted to make a decision. It was a tough decision,” said Glen Jarrell of the Trophy Hunters Association.
This would have been the 35th year for the event which has been able to dodge a lot of serious situations during its life.
“We’ve missed ice storms and snow storms and got through the water crises okay,” said Jarrell.
Jarrell recalled a year not too far back when an ice storm hit Charleston the weekend after their event and put a serious damper on attendance at the West Virginia International Auto Show.
However, the pandemic was more than the Hunting and Fishing Show could overcome because of the nature of the event, which is annually the biggest event of its kind at the Coliseum and Convention Center.
“We just didn’t think they were going to let us put 12,000 to 15,000 people in there over the weekend. It was a tough decision,’ he said.
Jarrell added he feels very bad for groups which depend on the show for fundraising and delivering their message. The West Virginia Raptor Center and the West Virginia Hunter Education Association are two groups who Jarrell indicated have reached out and been most impacted by the decision. Profits from the show are donated by the Trophy Hunters Association to organizations or effort which engage in wildlife conservation and youth outdoor education every year. Jarrell said unfortunately that won’t happen this coming year.
“I really hate that,” he said “But we’ve got our schedule for 2022 and we’ve already got it booked. We’ll be back the following year,”