The community is saddened with the news that the 39th Annual Bright Leaf Hoedown in Yanceyville has been canceled due to large numbers of COVID-19 variant cases in Caswell County. The county’s number of vaccinations is also low with high transmission rates.

During a special called meeting on Thursday night, the Caswell Chamber of Commerce voted to cancel upon the recommendation of Caswell County Manager Bryan Miller and Public Health Director Jennifer Eastwood.

Numbers of cases are growing all over the state and some hospitals are running out of beds.

Chamber of Commerce President of the Board of Directors Emily Buchanan, states:

“The impact of COVID-19 has been unlike anything our community has experienced in our lifetimes. Unfortunately, this pandemic continues to affect Caswell County and its residents at an alarming rate.  After much deliberation and information from the Caswell County Manger’s office and the Caswell County Health Department regarding Caswell’s low vaccination and high transmission rates, the Caswell County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted on August 26, 2021 to halt preparations for the September 2021 Bright Leaf Hoedown."   

Disappointed, but understanding of the decision, Executive Director Amanda Hodges shares, ‘We know our exhibitors, vendors, businesses, nonprofit agencies, and families are disappointed in the lost opportunity to connect with one another at this event.  But don’t count us out…the Chamber will be working feverishly with others in town to create a wonderful (even if it’s drive through) light extravaganza for Christmas!"

Buchanan adds, “We as a Chamber believe we have acted in the best interest for Caswell County residents as well as our first responders and healthcare workers.”  

If your business or organization made plans to support the 2021 Bright Leaf Hoedown as a vendor or performer, please contact Amanda Hodges at (336) 694-6106 or amanda@caswellchamber.org. She will be reaching out to you as well in order to address refunds.