Another major event in the outdoor-sporting-weapons space has been canceled due to COVID-19. The 2020 BLADE Show scheduled for August 7-9 in metro Atlanta has been called off. It had been previously postponed from June.
The BLADE Show is the major event of the year for knife lovers and knife makers. It was to have had 950 exhibitors, multiple seminars and classes, and competitions such as the Balisong Flipping Championships. Unlike the SHOT Show, it was open to the public and you could buy from exhibitors. Sponsored by BLADE Magazine, this was to have been the 39th annual show. Moreover, unlike the Gun Rights Policy Conference, it would have been impossible to hold such an event virtually.
The official announcement of the cancellation is below:
With the 39th annual BLADE Show scheduled for Aug. 7-9, we have been receiving countless questions from exhibitors and attendees about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the show and its guests.
Unfortunately, we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it’s in the best interest of all concerned to cancel BLADE Show 2020.
Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. Having been in daily contact with guests, exhibitors, local officials and the show venue for the past two months, it has become apparent that we cannot present a 2020 event that meets exhibitor and attendee expectations and BLADE Show standards.
While the state of Georgia continues to grapple with decisions about new guidelines and restrictions to deal with the pandemic, BLADE Show too recognizes its responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees.
BLADE Magazine and the BLADE Show staff appreciate the support we received from our many industry friends who worked with us to plan for the alternate August dates after we were forced to cancel the original June event.
The 40th Annual BLADE Show is scheduled for June 4-6th 2021, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
**CURRENT EXHIBITORS & TICKET HOLDERS: Please check your emails for further instructions**
If this pandemic ever ends, events held in 2021 should have tremendous attendance due to pent up demand.