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Posted on: May 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Harvest Jubilee board cancels concerts, events

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With great disappointment, Danville Harvest Jubilee (DHJ) board announced recently the decision to cancel the 2020 concert and event season.

“Due to the current pandemic and continuing health concerns facing the country, we can’t in good faith continue to work toward scheduling shows with so many uncertainties regarding public venues,” said DHJ board President Brian K. Alderson.

While the Harvest Jubilee Concert Series often holds shows in late summer and early fall, contracts and ticket sales usually begin in June and July.

“Even though the events are scheduled for later this year, the advanced planning realities of producing these events have required us to make a decision sooner than later,” Alderson added. “It is truly heartbreaking to make this decision; however, for the safety of our attendees, sponsors, performers, road crews, volunteers, and countless others who make these events happen every year, we feel it is our responsibility to conform to all state and local guidelines and the recommendations of health officials.”

The cancelation includes DHJ sponsored events, including the Concert Series and Shrimp Fest (a partner event with Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce). This cancellation currently excludes Bright Leaf Brew Fest. A decision regarding Brew Fest will be made at a later date. While the board was optimistic about rescheduling events when the first shutdown orders were made, the inability to accurately predict when it would be safe to host large-scale events has stalled planning.

Plans are underway for 2021. Announcements will be made later this fall concerning the Cabin Fever Music Series’ ability to return to the Danville Community Market.

“We are so disappointed and feel we owe an apology to all of our supporters and sponsors,” Alderson added. “However, we are determined not to let the disappointment of this year keep us from providing quality entertainment next season when we can return safely.”

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