MERCEDES, Texas – Today was a critical day for the event as show cattle for sale and breeding arrived for the big show.
Local 23 spoke with students who say for more than a year they had been working and training their animals for the big show, adding that it would be heartbreaking if they didn’t get to show their animals.
Event organizers said they were closely monitoring the situation on an hourly basis with health officials and taking all the necessary precautions, like the placement of handwashing stations throughout the grounds.
“From the gel machines to the handwashing machines to the fliers to the people being sick told to stay home we are still doing all that plus and like I said if something does happen we have contingency plans on how we would shut down,” said Mike Risica, Board President for the RGV Stockshow & Rodeo.
Once the declaration is signed Tuesday Morning by Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, public gatherings of more than 50 people will be prohibited forcing the rodeo to shut down.