Jingle Jam, Oktoberfest Canceled

As some of the county’s most favored community traditions are returning following a year of pandemic crowd limitations, it was announced this week that two will not. Lovettville’s Oktoberfest and Leesburg’s Jingle Jam have been called off again this year.

In announcing the decision to call off its large community event planned for late September, the Lovettsville Town Council cited the uncertainty surrounding rising COVID-19 infections and financial concerns that would stem from a possible last-minute cancellation if the public health situation worsens. The town has offered to support the efforts of town businesses if they choose to plan their own Oktoberfest festivities. Those interested should reach out to the Town at clerk@lovettsvilleva.gov and OktoberfestCommittee@lovettsvilleva.gov.

The cancellation of Jingle Jam—a holiday concert by an all-star band of musicians with Loudoun ties—also was based on the growing uncertainty over the virus. 

“It was a decision based on many factors, which included mainly the unknown trajectory of the pandemic, the variants, the vaccination rate and its effectiveness 5 months from now,” founder Stilson Greene said, noting that the safety of the performers and audience was paramount. 

The Jingle Jam 2022 production will come under the direction of band leader Todd Wright, as Greene plans to step down from his leadership role with the event.  

“He and the entire Jingle Jam Band are 100% committed to keep the quality and integrity of the show while upping the entertainment stakes every year,” Greene said.

6 thoughts on “Jingle Jam, Oktoberfest Canceled

  • 2021-08-11 at 12:51 pm
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    COVID isn’t going away–ever. Learn to live with the risk.

  • 2021-08-11 at 2:53 pm
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    “Two weeks to flatten the curve.”

    That was the “guidance” in March and April of 2020. We are now cancelling events in September and October of 2021. While it may be true that “cases,” or rather positive tests, are up in Loudoun, hospitalizations are very low and there have been seven (7) deaths since May with the last death reported on 23 June. Is the goal now zero cases, zero hospitalizations or zero deaths, or some other outcome?

  • 2021-08-11 at 8:50 pm
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    This is your opportunity to step in and provide an alternative!

  • 2021-08-12 at 11:27 am
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    Is the BOOZE Leesburg event that is scheduled for this weekend cancelled? Or are we going to continue pretending that only ***certain*** events pose a risk?

    What about the one in Mid October?

    • 2021-08-12 at 4:49 pm
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      The latter of course. The more politicians strip the everyday pleasures from our lives, the better they feel at cocktail parties on Marthas Vineyard.

  • 2021-08-13 at 12:06 pm
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    Chris, by the way I appreciate you and Dave using your real names, believe me not one politician had any say in our cancellation of Jingle Jam, and there is not a cent of Taxpayer money involved. Jingle Jam is put on by world class musicians, technicians and volunteers who give their time up over two days in December to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. In our 11 years we have raised over $151,000 for their research. We as a group decided at this time the most prudent thing to do for the safety of everyone involved, including our Sponsors’ donations, was to postpone this beloved community event. No politics, no taxpayer money, just wonderful concerned people believing they are doing the right thing at this moment in time. I hope that doesn’t disappoint you too much. All the best.

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