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COVID-19 prompts 2020 World Dairy Expo to be canceled


For the first time in its 53-year history, the World Dairy Expo has been canceled.

The World Dairy Expo Executive Committee reached this decision based on the public health orders and restrictions related to COVID-19, in place and issued by Public Health Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin. World Dairy Expo 2020 was set to take place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, 2020.

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo usually brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. The annual event welcomed more than 62,000 attendees from nearly 100 countries in 2019.

“Our collective heart is heavy as we share with you that World Dairy Expo 2020 has been cancelled,” said Scott Bentley, WDE General Manager. “We know how much this hurts; we feel it, too. Please know other options were explored and considered by the World Dairy Expo Executive Committee and staff.”

The Alliant Energy Center, home to World Dairy Expo, is a county-owned facility that falls under the jurisdiction of Emergency Order No. 3 and Forward Dane, the phased reopening plan for Dane County. Public health officials predict Dane County may be in the third phase of the plan when World Dairy Expo is set to occur. This phase includes a limit of 250 people at outdoor events, eliminating any possibility that World Dairy Expo, as people know it today, can take place.

More information, a complete statement from World Dairy Expo, and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the decision to cancel World Dairy Expo 2020 can be found at

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