Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free*
Increasingly expensive, trends in Floyd County lately.
A hamburger, fries and soft drink costs over $10 at one new restaurant in town, an afternoon and evening of music can cost $25 at the gate and even a recent religious revival required a $15-$20 ticket to get in the door.
Big city prices have arrived in Floyd County.
Yes, the cost of going out is going up most everywhere. If a family of four goes to the movies at the Regal Complex in Christiansburg, the costs of that two-hour film, with soda, popcorn and other goodies can amount to $75 to $100.
But in Floyd — an area where music is free on the streets on a Friday nights or on Sundays in the town park — the cost for hearing some of the same people play on another stage that can cost $100 or more for a family who also buys food and other goodies at the event.
Granted, those who operate venues that feature music and entertainment have to pay their bills but are those rising costs going to the musicians who provide the entertainment or to other pockets?
It costs $5 for a ticket to hear and dance to the music at the Friday Night Jamboree. That show runs about four hours on each Friday night with three bands.
Several other bands play for free on the streets on Friday nights. Another band plays on Saturday nights at Wildwood Farms. The cost to enter? Nothing. Attendees pay for food and non-alcoholic drinks and there is a tip jar for the band.
Oak Grove Pavilion behind Zion Lutheran Church offers free music from well-known groups like the White Top Mountain Band on Saturday nights during the summer. A cup for “donations” is passed around at intermission.
At the other end of the scale, a five-day general admission ticket to FloydFest can run $400 if you use ticket services. “VIP” tickets can run into the thousands.
You can expect to spend $150 to $250 for a three-day ticket to Yoga Jam or $65 for one day.
At Chantilly Farms, one of the area’s faster-growing music and entertainment venues, the cost at the gate generally runs $20 -$25 a person to get in for an afternoon and evening event.
And Jeff Dalton Ministries this past weekend charged admission to a fundamentalist revival at Chantilly Farms featuring Christian music entertainer Jason Crabb and others.
The cost: $15 a head in advance or $20 at the gate.
Even the cost of salvation is on the rise in Floyd County.
(Lyrics from “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson)