November 15

 Hello Friends,

NSGRA COVID-19 Fundraising Event Policy:

  • With the spike of daily cases the NSGRA will not be hosting in-person events for the near future, and all current scheduled events will be moved to an online format.*

  • Any members of NSGRA that choose to attend any in-person events, fundraiser or otherwise, may do so and use their current titles. We encourage members to refrain from publishing photographs or videos which may be misconstrued by the public. While attending these events, they will be expected to follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control, state where the event is held, and the venue. Not following the guidelines will be considered a violation of the NSGRA Code of Conduct.

  • These guidelines will be reviewed monthly and updated as needed

  • If the Board decided to have in-person events, fundraiser or otherwise, the following will be followed until there is a vaccine:

  • Guests will be escorted to their tables/seats by an attendant wearing a mask.

  • Guests will remain in their seats during the event unless they take a bathroom/smoke break.

  • Masks must be worn at all times when guests are not seated at their assigned tables.

  • Tips for performers will be collected by a volunteer wearing a mask.

  • If you aren’t drinking at your table please wear your mask.

  • Six feet of physical separation is to be maintained when guests are not seated.

  • On the posters that is created for the event it must say “CDC guidelines on COVID-19 will be strictly enforced”

  • Entertainers may elect to take off masks only during performances provided that appropriate space is maintained from the audience and others. Masks must be put back on immediately after performances.

  • Only one performer may be on the stage without wearing a mask at a time unless proper social distancing is strictly observed.

*Please note that The North Star Regional Rodeo is not included in this policy.


 
 
March 14
 

Dear Friends,


In consideration of the escalating severity of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, the board of the North Star Gay Rodeo Association (NSGRA) has decided to postpone our March 21st Chaps & Hats Underwear Auction and the March 28th Denim & Diamonds fundraiser. The decision to postpone fundraisers is not taken lightly. We need the financial backing of these fundraisers to help underwrite the cost of the 2020 North Star Regional Rodeo scheduled for July 24th-26th at the Dead Broke Arena in Hugo, MN. We also recognize that this decision will impact performers, models, volunteers, patrons and our generous venue host-The Saloon. We have had to balance these concerns against the concern for the health of our community.

 
The board of NSGRA is monitoring the evolving public health crisis. The scheduled membership meeting set for March 21st will go forward as a conference call. More information will be forthcoming with regard to rescheduling these fundraisers and whether we will need to postpone further fundraisers.
 
Thank you for your continued support of NSGRA. We need you and appreciate your understanding of this difficult situation. Please visit www.nsgra.org for updates about upcoming fundraisers. Tax deductible donations can also be made online and are most welcome.
 
With PRIDE,
 
Colin Smith

President

North Star Gay Rodeo Association

 
March 18
 
NSGRA will have a board/membership meeting conference call at 1pm on Saturday March 21st. Please email info@nsgra.org by 10 am on the 21st for call in information 
 

March 21, 2020


Dear friends,

 

The North Star Gay Rodeo Association Board of Directors regrets to announce the cancelation of the 2020 North Star Regional Rodeo scheduled for July 24-26 at the Dead Broke Arena in Hugo, Minnesota. This matter was carefully considered at the March 21st board/membership conference call meeting. We are already working to bring back the best in amateur GLBTQA rodeo next summer.

 

The decision to cancel a biennial rodeo is not taken lightly. Countless hours are invested in planning, fundraising and promoting our signature event. The incredible work of our volunteers, supporters, board of directors and royalty team should be recognized and appreciated for their determination while this crisis has expanded.

 

The current realities surrounding this public health crisis do not allow us to fundraise or speak to prospective sponsors in person. We are canceling our April fundraisers and are currently unsure about hosting May events. The great uncertainty of when we will be able to resume these tasks and how this pandemic will pan out makes moving forward unwise. Waiting to make the decision to cancel would risk wasting money by ordering buckles and flights for rodeo officials.

 

We will be working with our sponsors, charity partner and other stakeholders in the coming days. We aren’t giving up. We will face this crisis and carry on. Thank you for your continued support of NSGRA. We need you and appreciate your understanding of this difficult situation. Please visit www.nsgra.org for updates about upcoming fundraisers. Tax deductible donations can also be made online and are most welcome.

 

Let’s rodeo with pride,

 

Colin Smith

President

North Star Gay Rodeo Association

 
 

April 14

 

Dear friends,

 

Upon consulting with the latest Minnesota COVID-19 directives and with Kings and Queens bar in Waterloo, Iowa, NSGRA is unable to host events in May. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your understanding. Unfortunately, we will need to examine future plans with great care and postponing events might go on. Our plan is to take it one month at a time. Please visit www.nsgra.org for updates about upcoming fundraisers. Your support is needed and appreciated.Tax deductible donations can also be made online and are most welcome.

 

Let’s rodeo with pride,

 

Colin Smith

President

North Star Gay Rodeo Association

 
June1
 
Dear friends,
 
Life is slowly showing signs of returning normalcy, but NSGRA is committed to being cautious in our event planning. Please visit our homepage for the list of upocoming events. As always, your support is needed and appreciated. Tax deductible donations can also be made online and are most welcome.
 

Let’s rodeo with pride,

 

Colin Smith

President

North Star Gay Rodeo Association