FloydFest becomes MudFest — Especially in the parking lots
The rain which moved in over FloydFest Friday night has turned the event’s offsite parking lots into mud pits and the festival has closed the lots and directing those driving to the event today to the parking lot of Dreaming Creek in the Floyd Commerce Center on Christiansburg Pike, where shuttle buses will transport them to the event in Patrick County just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
With more rain forecast tonight and Sunday, the situation could get even worse.
On its’ Facebook page, FloydFest is telling those coming to the festival today to go to the Dreaming Creek parking lot. Earlier, the Festival directed people to the Floyd County High School parking lot, saying:
Due to weather, we are closing ALL offsite lots and rerouting everyone to the Floyd County High and shuttling them to the site from there.
When the high school parking lot filled, the festival directed folks to Dreaming Creek:
FloydFest Update: For folks just arriving, we are now asking people to go to Dreaming Creek at 296 Commerce Center Dr Floyd, VA 24091. Our shuttles will pick you up there and bring you to the site. Thank you again for your patience and understanding.
Then the Dreaming Creek lot was full and event attendees were sent to another parking area a the Commerce Park.
“FloydFest is now MudFest,” posted an attendee to Facebook Saturday morning.
The parking lot situation is adding to the woes of those complaining that parking is just the beginning of a long trip to the festival. Attendees on Thursday and Friday told stories of two and three hour-long trips just getting from the parking lots to the festival site and some complained that, because of the delays, they missed the concert act they came to see.
Festival officials put out a plea to the Floyd County School system for bus drivers on Thursday to help with the backups but the first drivers who drove out to the festival site to help were turned away because Mountain View Bus Lines operators said they couldn’t drive the buses because only employees of the bus service were covered by insurance.
So festival officials worked out a deal with the school system to get both drivers and buses who worked the lots Friday night and returned to work again on Saturday.
Floyd’s bus drivers will be needed again Sunday to help with the festival’s last day.
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