A few weeks ago, we were both saddened and relieved to hear that AXPONA, the largest North American Audio Show (and our home show), had pushed out their dates once again. This time it was postponed to April of next year, and while we can’t wait to get out again, they made the right call in light of Delta.
Today, we got word that another big North American Audio Show will be canceled for 2021, the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. However, in this case, the organizers have said they will be closing the show for good:
This has been a wrenching decision, and along with it comes the added impact of deciding that we are no longer able to envision RMAF as our hearts delight. RMAF was our founder Al Stiefel’s dream, and we’ve done our best to nurture his vision for 12 years, along with help from the Colorado Audio Society and all our volunteers from around the world. Now, we are off to new adventures! And so it is with both sadness and anticipation for the future, we announce that the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest as we have all known it will be no more. It has been our very great pleasure to have served this community of audio professionals. We have learned so much from you! Thank you for 17 years of friendship and support. It has meant more than you can possibly imagine.
We’re saddened to hear this. We attended the most recent RMAF held in 2019, and we found it to be supremely well organized. It also fit quite nicely into their palatial new digs at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. We were looking forward to observing how they would grow into that space even further.
While it sounds like their minds are made up about bringing back the show in its previous form, it does look like they are leaving the door open for RMAF to return, possibly in a smaller format. We hope they change their mind, though. We need all the quality large-format audio shows we can get, especially here in the states.