There are musical acts, craftspeople,vendors and others who make up an event like FloydFest but — in the end — the five-day attraction this year — and in year’s past — are the people who buy the tickets and flock to the site just off the Blue Ridge Parkway each year.
The people are the show.
They dance together or alone. They walk around the site in various stages of dress — or in some cases undress — without a seeming care in the world and in a state of bliss and harmony.
For the most part this year, FloydFest 14 has been a laid back festival. Very little rowdiness. Some shoplifting reported by law enforcement officers. The primary complaints have been on ticket prices and some feel that fact alone may have held down the crowds. This has not been a festival with sellouts each day or reports of traffic problems on roads leading to the event.
Some vendors who were common sights at FloydFest are missing this year, including mainstay Republic of Floyd.
Most attendees we have talked to report a good time and a relaxed atmosphere. Grace Potter thrilled a good-sized crowd Saturday night and many stayed over for the ceremonial burning of the “Fire in the Mountain” wooden structure.
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell close out the festival on the main stage from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. but music will continue to midnight on other stages.