13th of January, 2022. Region 9, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: January 13, 2022 at 13:02 pm
The world-famous Rupununu Rodeo, which usually takes place in Region 9, Guyana, South America every year, has been once again cancelled – making it a total of 3 years since the Rodeo has been out of business.
The Rupununi Rodeo is usually held on the Easter Weekend each year but has been shut down over the past two years due to Covid-19. This year, 2022, the Rodeo Committee of Region 9 was optimistic that, due to vaccination measures and a marked decline in Covid-19 infections, the Rupununi Rodeo would resume its course. However, a sudden surge of Covid-19 cases, especially the recently discovered Omircron variant, in both Guyana and Brazil, and around the world, has once again thrown a bucket of cold water on everybody’s head.
Usually, hotels are fully booked out the year before for Rodeo. However, this year, hotel owners in Lethem reported that they didn’t get any bookings at all for Rodeo 2022 – which was announced last year, but cancelled today. This may be due partly to the fact that many people were not aware of whether the Rodeo would return and partly because people are generally not in the mood to travel as they use to.
The Rupununi Rodeo Comittee today, 13th of January, 2022, posted the following notice on their Facebook Page:
The Rodeo Committee would like to inform everyone that there will be NO Rodeo 2022. The National COVID-19 Task Force has not granted approval to host Rodeo 2022 due to the rising COVID cases and concerns surrounding the new Omnicron variant and how fast it spreads. I know we all miss it, it is a part of our lifestyle, celebration, and identity. But, we must look to the safety of our friends, guests, and families first. We hope that in 2023, we can return with the big annual Rodeo celebration on Easter weekend. Till then, please keep an eye on this page for announcements of mini-events that can be held in accordance with the national guidelines throughout this year.
The Rupununi Rodeo was once (before Covid) an annual event held in Lethem, Sandcreek, and neighboring Bonfim (Brazil) that attracted visitors from all over the world. It is usually a much-anticipated and celebrated event which supercharges the local economy by magnetizing thousands of spectators to the Rupununi Savannahs.