These are challenging times for our communities and families, and our hearts go out to all those affected. In addition, many travelers are stuck behind borders or are struggling to arrange transportation home. As an overland community, we are an industrious group, and well-prepared to address this challenge together.
We received notice this morning from the Overland Expo team that the Overland Expo West has been rescheduled from May 15-17 to July 24-26, 2020.
This was certainly a challenging decision for the Overland Expo Staff, but reflects their commitment to protecting the community, and their respect for the CDC recommendation to avoid gatherings of 50 or more for the next eight weeks.
We will report any new information or additional details once we receive them, and we look forward to seeing many of you at the Overland Expo in July, or on a remote dusty trail when this is all over.
Be well fellow travelers,
The Expedition Portal Staff
Note: Special thanks and gratitude to the first responders, medical personnel, and hospital staff that are working so hard to care for those affected.
Please find the original notice from Overland Expo here:
Overland Expo 2020 West Rescheduled
New Dates: July 24-26, 2020 // Fort Tuthill // Flagstaff, AZ
Self-sufficiency, fortitude and stewardship are at the core of the overlanding spirit and its community. It is important now more than ever that we not lose sight of that spirit or the strength and support we get from the community. We will get through these tough times together.
It is in this spirit that we have rescheduled Overland Expo West to July 24-26, 2020 to preserve this tremendous annual gathering of the overland community at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff, Arizona.
On Monday, March 16, the Center For Disease Control and Prevention recommended the postponement of all gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Since that announcement, we have been working tirelessly on potential contingency plans for Overland Expo West. The rest of the Overland Expo series will take place as scheduled in 2020.
Although the traditional Overland Expo West dates take place just outside of the CDC’s eight-week ban, we made the difficult decision to reschedule the event to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, providers and staff. We urge all overlanders to heed the advice of local and federal officials and take necessary actions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Our hearts go out to anyone directly or indirectly impacted by the novel coronavirus. Especially to those who are sick, we extend to you our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery. Furthermore, we thank the selfless healthcare workers on the front lines who are working tirelessly to care for people in need.
We are dedicated to making the transition as simple for our community as possible. All attendee, trainer, presenter and volunteer tickets and all sponsor and exhibitor registrations have been transferred to the July 24-26, 2020 Overland Expo West event, however, if this does not work into your scheduling, we will gladly transfer your entry into another 2020 Overland Expo event (Loveland, Colorado – August 28-30, 2020 or Arrington, Virginia – October 9-11, 2020).
All exhibitors, attendees, volunteers and trainers will be emailed directly from show management with more information on how to request a transfer.
The safety and welfare of our community of overlanders and their families is paramount to us. Please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you in Flagstaff July 24-26, 2020.