Rain didn’t dampen FloydFest 13 spirits

Yeah, it's raining.  So?
Yeah, it’s raining. So?

Yes, FloydFest features musical acts — lots of them — but people attending the summer festival just off the Blue Ridge Parkway are the real show.

Even driving rain showers that came in around 4 p.m. Thursday did not away folks.

After sell-out crowds and chaos from last year’s drenching downpour that left parking lots and the festival midway a sea of mud, the crowd this year appeared ready for anything and more laid back.  With direr weather forecast for Friday and Saturday and only a chance of rain on Sunday, FloydFest 13 appears headed for a good year.

Still, some have complained.

Deborah Robbins of Floyd said she paid big bucks for VIP tickets but said FloydFest wanted another $100 on top of that for a nice camping spot.

“Forget it FF,” she posted on Facebook. ” I was going to give you a chance to redeem yourself after last year’s debacle but you know what? It’s over. Never again.”

Others, however, had praise, saying the festival has rebounded well from the problems of 2013.

“I’m impressed,” said Charles Wayson of Las Vegas.  “The parking was smooth this year and the nice, air-conditioned buses for transportation were very comfortable.  Thumbs up from my wife and I.”

The people started to arrive in force Thursday...
The people started to arrive in force Thursday…
...And at FloydFest, people are the real show.
…And at FloydFest, people are the real show.

 

One Response to Rain didn’t dampen FloydFest 13 spirits

  1. Guess you can’t please everybody, although everyone I spoke with over the course of 5 days was very happy with their experience. For what it’s worth, the VIP package did include camping (for one tent) in the backstage VIP area. Maybe this person was trying to set up a small camping village instead of just the one tent allotted with their ticket package. People complain that there are too many people and camping is too crowded, but still want to see big, national, famous musicians. The fest listened and reduced the number of tickets and figured a way to regulate the amount of space people used for camping. They still need revenue to pay for the music and accommodations.