I could only spend a few hours there but I captured some of the sights and have posted them in a slideshow on Flickr. This was my first Flickr upload and the images seem to be in random order, so bear with me on this. I will get better as time goes on.
For those of you who have never been to Floydfest, it is a yearly celebration of life held on a hilltop just off the Blue ridge Parkway. It gives you a chance to connect with the music of other cultures, eat some of the best food you have ever tasted in an outdoor setting, and celebrate with friends. Thousands brought their tents and RVs this year and are camping out in several well-kept camping areas on the festival grounds.
FloydFest features continuous musical performances on seven stages so you are surrounded by music wherever you go. There are also dancers wherever you look. They range from exotic belly dancers to the Hoorah Cloggers who are an crowd-pleasing Appalachian dance troop.
This is definitely a family-friendly event. Children are playing imaginative games everywhere. There is a section called the Children’s Universe where all of the tents feature attractions for children and there are special performances for children.
You see people dancing all by themselves. You see people wearing fanciful costumes or fantastic body paintings. You will probably see more people dancing with hula hoops than you have ever seen before. There were thousands of people just sitting on the grass enjoying the view.
There were booths selling beautiful clothes, others selling fine craftwork, others were selling real estate! They all seemed to be doing a brisk business.
The first thing you notice when you arrive at FloydFest is how happy people are and the next thing you notice is how clean it is. This is the result of a great deal of planning and hundreds of volunteers who handle security, parking, logistics, visitor assistance, and garbage collection. Nothing is left to chance. From the moment you arrive, you feel that you are in a safe space where you can enjoy yourself.
Oh, and did I mention the food? I can think of nothing finer than eating delicious food while listening to great music from all around the world. This is one festival that covers all of the bases. Thanks to Erika and Kris who make this incredible show happen.