Changes at FloydFest
FloydFest, which faced a public relations nightmare last summer when torrential rains left parking lots seas of mud and huge crowds caused nightmares in getting people to and from the festival, us reducing the total number of tickets available for 2014 by 1,300 and eliminating RV parking at the on-site X-spot parking lots.
A familiar face will also be missing next year as longtime co-organizer/communications director Linda DeVito has left festival promoters Across the Way Productions and announced she is concentrating on her real estate business.
Tickets for the 2012 festival sent on sale Monday as organizers said changes came from last year’s experiences and results of more than 1,000 survey responses.
DeVito’s departure leaves FloydFest without its most familiar face for area media and local public officials. For many of us she was the “go to” person to resolve problems and helped those of us writing about the event to get accurate and up-to-date information. Her departure will leave a void that festival organizers will find difficult to fill.
She will be missed as the local face of FloydFest but we will still see her in and around Floyd as a Realtor.
Long-time newspaperman, photographer and videographer who still shoots photos and covers government and courts for a newspaper, shoots video for TV and documentary use and owns web sites like Blue Ridge Muse, Capitol Hill Blue and American Newsreel.