Remembering FloydFest

FloydFest 2020 was among the casualties of this year of the pandemic, so maybe it is time to look back via photos and video at previous years of music, fun and frolic. Hope to see them next year.
Reflections of FloydFest in 2016. (Photos by Doug Thompson)

Late July would have been FloydFest time of the year if the pandemic had not interfered. I had stepped back from covering the event for The Floyd Press last year but had just agreed to cover it again this season for television news stations when they canceled this year’s event and began work on a return in 2021.

Given the overbearing heat, perhaps it was a good idea to not slog around the large site with a video camera and sound gear.

Perhaps, but I had spent 15 seasons covering what has become a premier music event for the area. My decision to step away was based on health and age, but…

Levon Helm at FloydFest in 2010.

Floyd is perhaps best-known for its internationally-followed Friday Night Jamboree, but FloydFest has built a strong following after it started with the new century on the farmland straddling the Floyd-Patrick County line just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Covering it with stories, photos and videos over 15 seasons was an annual highlight.

Even though most of the site lies in Patrick County, it is known far and wide as FloydFest and this year’s cancellation is yet another economic hit to our area in this turbulent year. The video above captures some music and fun in previous years of the event.

And more photos below:

“Foam Shower”
A young fan at the Railroad Earth concert.
Nighttime is the right-time.
The emblem of FloydFest 2017.
The Groundation performs on the Dreaming Creek Stage.
Kids stay busy.
Arriving at FloydFest.
John Skehan of Railroad Earth.
A bright sunset over the festival site.
The best form of transportation for a child.

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