ROCK SPRINGS – The Newmar Kountry Klub Board of Directors officially cancelled their 2020 International Rally scheduled at the Sweetwater Events Complex August 23-28, 2020 due to COVID-19. The event would have brought more than 1,000 travelers, 500 RV’s, and a variety of vendors from all over the United States and Canada to Rock Springs in August.
Ron and Wanda Llewellyn, International Directors, said that the focus of the organization is the safety of all employees. The uncertainty of the pandemic led to the decision not to conduct the event scheduled for August 23-28, 2020.
“Although we are certain that this virus’ impact on safety and daily life will run its course, the uncertainty regarding its duration has brought us to this difficult decision,” Ron and Wanda Llewellyn said. “We are hopeful all members that made plans to attend this year’s event, understand the serious nature of this situation and will agree that this is the most responsible decision for everyone involved.”
According to the Sweetwater County Events Complex, losing the rally will have a direct impact on local businesses in Sweetwater County. With over 1,000 people scheduled to be in the area for a minimum of six days, local businesses would have seen a considerable impact. The International Rally estimated an economic impact of approximately $817,000 in revenue for local businesses.
“It’s a big blow for businesses that are already struggling and were counting on extra revenue from the event. The City of Rock Springs, City of Green River and Sweetwater County will also lose the sales tax revenue generated by visitors during this international event.”