Drew Estate has announced the cancellation of its 2020 Barn Smoker season due to the ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19. It also announced the launch of a new initiative, including the Barn Smoker Goodwill Act of 2020, offering a 2020 Barn Smoker Swag Set for ticket holders in addition to refunds.
“It is with great sadness that we’ve come to this decision,” says Jonathan Drew, president and founder of Drew Estate. “Barn Smoker, alongside Cigar Safari, are the experiential programs that we are most deeply connected to here at Drew Estate. I’m also incredibly appreciative to our Consumer Engagement Team, who architected the concept of the ‘Barn Smoker Goodwill Act of 2020’ … in my opinion, going above and beyond for our supporters, our extended family, who had made plans to join us on the sacred farms. We thank you for your love and support!”
The Barn Smoker is a popular annual program put on by Drew Estate that offers cigar enthusiasts from across the U.S. a one-of-a-kind experience to learn about cigar making and growing at different farms around the country that the company works with. Due to the uncertainty and challenges of putting on an event during a pandemic, however, the company has made the decision to put the safety of its staff, partner farms and attendees first and cancel all of the Barn Smoker events that were scheduled for this year.
Drew Estate is rolling out the Barn Smoker Goodwill Act for those who had purchased a ticket. Refunds will be immediately issued in full to all ticket holders. Those who had a ticket will also be able to submit their mailing addresses to a website (https://forms.gle/QAbRLC7XDVEKWVeS9) and will receive the complete 2020 Barn Smoker Swag Set that they would have received at the actual events. This package does not include cigars and will be shipped out by Aug. 1, 2020. Drew Estate will also be donating $10,000 per Barn Smoker event, for a total of $50,000, to Cigars for Warriors, doubling down on its commitment to U.S. deployed troops.
On the date of each scheduled Barn Smoker, Drew Estate will be launching a two-hour Virtual Barn Smoker Herf, hosted on Facebook Live, that’s open to everyone. These virtual herfs will not be an exact replica of the Barn Smoker events, but they will feature Drew Estate Ambassadors and the company’s farm partners, telling a new part of the story of the American tobacco experience not previously showcased during the usual Barn Smoker Festivals.
The dates for the Virtual Barn Smoker Herfs, hosted on facebook.com/drewestatecigar, are as follows:
- Pennsylvania Barn Smoker Virtual Event: July 25, 2020
- Connecticut Barn Smoker Virtual Event: Aug. 8, 2020
- Kentucky Barn Smoker Virtual Event: Sept. 26, 2020
- Louisiana Barn Smoker Virtual Event: Oct. 4, 2020
- Florida Barn Smoker Virtual Event: Nov. 14, 2020
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