A line of traffic on Black Ridge Road between U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County showcased the arrival of FloydFest 2017 to the area Wednesday.
So did the early arrivals and campers at the checkout lines at Food Lion in the town of Floyd as they began to stock up on soda, snacks, first aid equipment, sunscreen and other items needed for five days camping in the woods of the Patrick County farmland that hosts the music and entertainment event.
Winery Chateau Morrisette is now once again among the parking lots where attendees and campers will unload their gear and climb aboard buses for the ride into the site and up to five days of partying, music and more.
Music starts about 5 p.m. Wednesday on the Pink Floyd state and will expand to nine or so venues day and night on this 17th year of FloydFest.
On the weather front, temperatures should be a little cooler, with highs in the upper 70s and little chance of rain for Wednesday, but scattered thunderstorms Thursday with a high in the lower 80s and a larger chance of storms with a high in the lower 70s Friday appear on the forecasts from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.
Weather for Saturday appears dry with a 20 percent chance of precipitation and Sunday should wrap up FloydFest with sunny and high 70s.
Lower speed limits are in effect on the Blue Ridge Parkway around the festival site and park rangers have stepped up enforcement. Those traveling on the Parkway and roads leading to the festival site (Rock Ridge Road, U.S. 221, Virginia Rte. 8 and others) should expect traffic and backups and should take extra care in driving.
We will be covering the event with stortes and photos and updates throughout the week.