Whither FloydFest?

FloydFest is over and Kris and Erica, the organizers, tell the media it was a success with about 6,000 attendees.

We hope it was a success and, if it was, then the organizers and volunteers who make FloydFest a reality deserve a major league pat on the back. Once the party is over, though, FloydFest needs to face some major truths about itself. It needs to make the transition from eclectic and eccentric musical event to a serious organization that shows signs of organization and an ability to meet its obligations.

Floyd is a small town and word spreads quickly in any small town. When anyone gets a rep, for any reason, it’s hard to shake. The only way is to prove the rep wrong by building a newer, more responsible one.

Those who participate in FloydFest sing its praises. We wanted to be there as well this year but scheduling conflicts and some last-minute hassles prevented it (memo to scheduler: Next year, try to avoid scheduling the event against both the Oldtime Fiddler’s Convention in Galax and Steppin’ Out in Blacksburg).

But many of those who don’t attend talk negatively about things that fall through the cracks, bills unpaid and obligations never met. Too many warnings to new businesses in town to “avoid those folks.” Doesn’t take long for that kind of talk to sour a community on any endeavor, no matter how noble.

A suggestion: Share your success. Some good people in this county have been waiting too long for what they are due.

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