"With heavier hearts, we unfortunately need to officially cancel the 84th XIT Rodeo & Reunion.
"We have exhausted all efforts, to reschedule our event and with everything still going on with Covid-19, we have found it impossible to reschedule.
"So this a notification that the 84th XIT Rodeo & Reunion is officially cancelled with no possibility of rescheduling," XIT Rodeo officials posted on facebook.
In the 1880s, the XIT was the largest ranch in the world under the fence, and it sprawled across the Texas Panhandle up from the old Yellow House headquarters near what is now Lubbock, northward to the Oklahoma Panhandle in a crazy strip that was toughly thirty miles wide. At one time, the ranch ran over 150,000 cattle.
During the 1920s the XIT Ranch was broken up, sold, and thus was divided into smaller ranches. Now only a few of the original buildings exist.
Since 1936, cowboys and their families who worked the XIT Ranch have been gathering at an annual reunions to reminisce about life on the ranch. Since 1937, these reunions have been held in Dalhart, where the addition of a rodeo and a free barbeque have been opened to the public. Today the event, which triples the size of the town, is one of the most exciting western celebrations in the world.