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News 2020 SEMA Show Cancelled

2020 SEMA Show Cancelled

Despite efforts from organizers and industry members, the SEMA show won’t happen this year.


  • Mounting uncertainty due to COVID-19 has forced the cancellation.

  • A virtual trade show might be an alternative for this year.


One of the greatest car shows in the world, SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has just announced that there will be no event taking place in 2020.

Only about a month ago, SEMA organizers were adamant that the show must go on. At the time, 1,800 exhibitors had already signed on for the 54th edition of the Big Show but the ongoing uncertainty that still looms from the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the show’s cancellation.

SEMA 2019 | Photo: SEMA

“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,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “We appreciate the spirit, hard work, and innovation our industry puts into the SEMA Show each year. 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.”

SEMA 2019 | Photo: SEMA

All those who had given deposits or paid registration fees for the 2020 SEMA show will be refunded in full. The 2021 edition of the SEMA show will take place between November 2nd and 5th.

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