Annual music and arts event FloydFest will have a new home next year.
The festival, located since its beginning off the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Patrick County, closed the sale on a Floyd County property of about 200 acres in May, its chief executive officer, John McBroom, said on Friday.
FloydFest organizers shared a video Friday afternoon on Facebook, touting the move. The festival, however, is still set at its longtime home this year, July 27-31. That is on leased acreage, but by this time next year, the event will happen on what McBroom said will be its permanent home, just off U.S. 221 in the Check area of Floyd County.
A photo of FloydFest’s new property, where the event will move in 2023.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Photos and video: FloydFest brings music, dancing — and disinfectant
Volunteer Jacob Moody, 15, of Lynchburg sprays disinfectant on portable toilets at FloydFest on Thursday. The canister contains a mixture of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and distilled water. The innovation — dubbed the BonAirosol pack — was developed by Kyle Falwell, who owns Lynchburg aviation company Bon Air Brokerage and created the pack to keep his planes clean during the pandemic.
Jacob Moody, 15, of Lynchburg sprays standing table areas at FloydFest on Thursday. “It’s a lot of looks, for sure,” Moody said of FloydFest guest reactions. “It’s a very curious thing.”
Shelly and Matt Warner walk with their daughters Tessa, 6, at left and Miya, 4, by the vendor tents during FloydFest on Thursday. This is the first year the family has been to FloydFest, and they said they’re not overly concerned about getting COVID-19. “We are vaccinated and we are outside,” Matt said. “The kids are leaving tonight so they won’t be packed in,” Shelly added.
Festival-goers make their way into FloydFest on Thursday.
Ron and Denise Cople of Verona enjoy the performance of Free Union at the Pink Floyd Garden Stage during FloydFest on Thursday. The masked couple was surrounded by a crowd of people not wearing masks.
Free Union performs at the Pink Floyd Garden Stage during FloydFest on Thursday.
The Virginia Department of Health passes out free COVID-19 tests during FloydFest on Thursday. Melissa Carr, 38, of Roanoke picks up one for herself and one for a friend. She talks with Brianna Schoen of Christiansburg, who’s with the Health Department.
Melissa Clark, left, and Sean Simonpietri both of Richmond listen to music from under a wayfinder tree during FloydFest on Thursday.
Festival-goers listen to music at the Streamline Stage at Hill Holler during FloydFest on Thursday.
A memorial garden is new to FloydFest, with river rocks to leave a name or note in the honor of lost loved ones.