A 17-year annual gathering of bears in Puerto Vallarta has been canceled for 2021, with organizers saying the pandemic safety concerns brought about the cancellation, which was to be held Jan. 24 to 31, 2021.
In a letter posted on Facebook on Nov. 1, organizer Steve Buczek wrote that the decision to cancel was difficult to make, saying “we are aware that BeefDip has had a tremendous economic impact on Puerto Vallarta over the past seventeen years bringing in millions of dollars over the week-long event and has provided over a hundred thousand dollars in fundraising revenue to local community organizations.”
With Covid-19 raging and no end in sight, Buczek wrote that his primary concern was keeping patrons and residents of Puerto Vallarta safe, and he did not want the event to become a “super spreader” event in the community.
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Hello fellow BeefDippers. We have important information for you, please read. We care for your safety, and we decided not to go forward with BeefDip 2021. BeefDip will be back in 2022, when we can guarantee the health and safety of all you who attend. Hola amigos BeefDippers. Tenemos información importante para ustedes. Nos importa su salud, así que decidimos no seguir adelante con la edición BeefDip 2021. BeefDip estará de regreso 2022, cuando podamos garantizar la salud y seguridad de todos los asistentes.
“BeefDip stands with the people of Puerto Vallarta and our patrons to keep them safe and healthy through these most challenging times,” he wrote.
BeefDip 2022 has been set for Jan. 30 to February 6, 2022.
The majority of comments on the social media announcement were positive with patrons understanding and supporting the decision.