Message from WWHA Board of Directors and Fort Smith Roundup Co-Chairs:
It is with deep and sincere regret that the WWHA board feels it wise to cancel the Fort Smith Roundup, once again. Notice is being sent to all who had registered via e-mail or snail-mail, to all other members for whom an e-mail address has been provided, and via the WWHA website and Facebook page. The hotel is at this minute sending out guest room reservation cancellations.
The cancellation reasoning was sound, well considered, and necessary in view of the situation with COVID in Fort Smith, western Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma (Fort Smith sits just east of the Oklahoma/Arkansas state line) and across the USA.
Among the considerations were:
* The raging pandemic of the Delta variant, especially in Arkansas.
* The low number of Roundup registrations 30 days out.
* The surprising sale of the Doubletree to Wyndham Gardens and the fact that Wyndham had no policies in place regarding safety measures for their guests. And, even though WWHA was told they would formulate some policies, it seemed impossible to enforce these on other hotel guests. The staff was not required to be inoculated against COVID, and even the chief chef was not inoculated (though he said he would be if required).
* Delta and American have suspended all flights into and out of Fort Smith, for the time being.
Two years in a row is a serious blow to WWHA members who each year plan to attend the Roundup. All are encouraged now to cancel airline reservations, rental car reservations, etc. Your hotel room at the Doubletree/Wyndham, will be automatically cancelled but it may be wise to double-check this in case there was a reservation made for you that is not listed as being with WWHA.
The Rapid City/Deadwood Roundup plans are moving forward and, we hope and pray, will take place as scheduled in July 2022.
Roy B. Young, on behalf of the WWHA board and Roundup co-chairs
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