Dairy Xpo cancelled, new poultry show still on

Management of the Canadian Dairy Xpo had hoped to run the show this summer after it was postponed from its usual April date

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The Canadian Dairy Xpo (CDX) tried to hold on, during this terrible pandemic year for events, but in the end, a summer date in Stratford wasn’t possible.

Gatherings of people are restricted to five in Ontario, and that means that events like CDX which attract more than 10,000 are unable to continue.

Why it matters: CDX is the largest dairy-focused trade show in Canada.

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Show management says that it consulted with the Stratford Rotary Complex, where the event is held, the mayor of Stratford and local and provincial health officials before making the decision.

“It with great sadness that the 2020 Canadian Dairy XPO (CDX) will be cancelled. This final decision was ultimately made by government and health officials with significant parameters around large-scale events/gatherings.”

Many exhibitors have donated a 10 per cent interest payment given to them by the show on their exhibitor or sponsorship fees to the Canadian Mental Health Association. So far, that means a donation of $25,000.

The 2021 version of CDX is scheduled for April 7-8.

The group that manages CDX continues to plan for the launch of its newest trade show, the Canadian Poultry Xpo (CPX) scheduled for Nov. 4 and 5, also at the Stratford Rotary Complex.

“We have heard loud and clear from poultry producers (and multi species producers) – once we overcome COVID-19, there will be an immediate need for producers to re-connect with each other, industry and see innovation,” show management said in a statement.

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