Are you still planning on attending this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show? Well, the organizers have just announced that the annual event will not be taking place this coming November 4 - 7, 2020. Yes, unfortunately, SEMA 2020 has been officially canceled.

In a press statement, the organizers said that “while they have been working tirelessly in delivering an outstanding SEMA Show in November, mounting uncertainty has rendered continuing with the event inadvisable”. While no exact reason was cited for the cancellation, it appears the organizers wanted to play it safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Kersting, SEMA president, and CEO said that while they are disappointed in not being able to host the show, they are looking forward to being able to host it next year.

“The SEMA Show is committed to furthering businesses in the automotive specialty equipment market, and to providing manufacturers and buyers with the best opportunity to connect, promote new products and discover new trends. While we are disappointed circumstances prevent us from hosting the show in November, we look forward to getting everyone together in 2021 for another outstanding event,” added Kersting.

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This recent statement comes as a stark contrast as to what the organizers said several weeks ago. Originally, the organizers said that they will be pushing through. They even went as far as coming up with a safety plan that included constant temperature checks, and the mandatory wearing of face masks during the event.

But with Las Vegas experiencing an upward trend of COVID-19 infections (over 52,000 confirmed cases to be exact), hosting the SEMA Show this year could add more cases. And with Clark Country (where Las Vegas is located) tallying around 800 – 1,000 cases per day, hosting a big event like SEMA is inadvisable indeed.

With the physical show not pushing through, the organizers are looking at holding a virtual tradeshow complete with related live elements. But for now, SEMA will be working with industry members to determine if they could be able to host an online-based tradeshow.

The 2020 SEMA Show may not happen this year, but the organizers are confident that they will be able to host the next several shows without a hitch. In fact, they even released the show dates from 2021 up until 2028.

  • 2021 | November 2 - 5
  • 2022 | November 1 - 4
  • 2023 | Oct. 31 - Nov. 3
  • 2024 | November 5 - 8
  • 2025 | November 4 - 7
  • 2026 | November 3 - 6
  • 2027 | November 2 - 5
  • 2028 | Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

Let's hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will be under control sometime by next year and we get to see the latest customized vehicles at SEMA 2021.