Busy schedule kicks off the week

Junior Sisk and his band are stalwarts at the Chantilly Blue Grass Festival
Junior Sisk and his band are stalwarts at the Chantilly Blue Grass Festival

A mad, hectic week lies before us as a cool (temperature-wise) May winds down and Memorial Day approaches.

Floyd County residents can comment, and perhaps influence, the final outcome of the proposed $34 million plus budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.  That budget, which includes a $1.8 million increase over the current year while not increasing real estate or personal property taxes, is the subject of a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Speakers at the public hearing in April on tax increase.
Speakers at the public hearing on the budget last year.

The county’s public schools heads into its next to final week and graduation of the 2016 class on Saturday (Memorial Day Weekend) although classes continue until the middle of next week.

Area sports teams face conference and regional playoffs this week, starting with soccer events that put the girls soccer team at Auburn and boys at Glenvar on Monday.  Track regionals at Radford University on Wednesday.

Drug Court and possible trials on other cases in Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Sammy Shelor on Banjo and Randy Jones on Mandolin. (Photos by Doug Thompson)
Sammy Shelor on Banjo and Randy Jones on Mandolin.

The holiday weekend brings the annual BBQ and Bluegrass Festival at Chantilly Farms on Friday and Saturday.  A full host of groups includes Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Lonesome River Band, Russel Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Church Sisters, Volume Five, Commonwealth Blues Band, Ashlee Blankenship & Friends, Amber Collins & BHP, The Wildmans, Gravel Road and Wound Tight.

Of course, Friday Night in Floyd is the place for music on the streets, The Friday Night Jamboree and music in other venues.  Saturday will bring music in downtown and at Wildwood General Store in U.S. 221 near Midway.

While thunderstorms are possible on Friday, it looks like mostly sunny weather and temperatures in the 80s on Saturday and Sunday.

The official start of the season arrives this week.

 

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