FloydFest 13: The beat goes on

The Groundation performs on the Dreaming Creek Stage Friday afternoon.
The Groundation performs on the Dreaming Creek Stage Friday afternoon.

More of a crowd arrived at the FloydFest 13 site on Friday but still short of the sellout crowds that clogged the event last year.

Those who attended found a smoother running event than the year before.

With a dry and cooler Friday, a crowd estimated at about three-quarters of the attendance of last year danced to the music, sampled the food and packed the beer garden and tents for music from 10 states while dodging a few mud holds from Thursday’s driving rain storm.

The festival, in a partial rebuilding year after the chaos of 2013 when driving rain turned parking lots and the walkways into mud, washed away tent sites and challenged the resources of the festival, FloydFest 13 continued to show strong improvement with primary parking at the airstrip behind RotoMetrics near Meadows of Dan and transportation to the site on air-conditioned Holiday tour buses out of Randleman, North Carolina, and additional transport from Boy Scout buses from North Carolina.

Floyd County Deputies answered a plea from Patrick County for help on security and helped track down shoplifters and a thief who helped himself to Gators used for transport around the site.

“It’s been a long day,” said Floyd County Special investigator Jeff Dalton standing post outside one of the beer tents.

Among entertainment circles, Lauryn Hill is known as a Diva with a capital “D.”  Her demands backstage and withe entertainment venues are legendary.

Hill demanded that all media photographers sign a special rights-grabbing contract if they wanted to photograph her performance at FloydFest Thursday night.

No big deal since I hadn’t planned to photograph her anyway, so I signed nothing, but it was just one of her demands that sent clucks around the staff.  Her entourage also emptied the media yurt and Roanoke Times blogger Tad Dickens had some comments for that as well.

FloydFest 13 continues today with dry, but warmer, weather expected and closes out Sunday with a chance of rain.

As with most FloydFests, the crowd is the show.
As with most FloydFests, the crowd is the show.
Old and the new:  Air-conditioned tour buses for transport from parking lots to the site and Boy Scout buses for additional help.
Old and the new: Air-conditioned tour buses for transport from parking lots to the site and Boy Scout buses for additional help.

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