Sunday, August 5, 2012

Floyd Fest 11

Floyd Fest!!!!

Floyd Fest is a family-friendly music festival held near Floyd, VA...just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It features roots and progressive music from around the world and it is awesome.  Floyd Fest 11 happened last weekend.  And we were there!!!  Actually we have been there the last 7 years now.

The festival is at an incredible venue and it is clean, eco-friendly,  and well organized (for the most part....glitches do happen). Oh, yeah...they have great food too!  This is a Veggie good!!!

 We first attended in 2006 with both college-aged daughters.  In 2007 only one went with us and in 2008 the other and her boyfriend.  In 2009, 2010, and 2011 it was just the two of us (and thousands of friends) and this year sister-in-law and brother-in-law (otherwise known as Maribeth and Chris) traveled from Cleveland to go with us...they will be back.

Camping is available but we are not campers.  We have stayed in a hotel in Christiansburg (45 minutes away), at Fairy Stone State Park ( 35 minutes away), and for the last 4 years we have stayed at the Hotel Floyd in Floyd (25 minutes away)....perfect.

We almost always just do 2 days of the 4+ day festival.  That is enough for us.  We now arrive in Floyd on Friday...and get to enjoy the Friday night music in town.  Last year we were inttroduced to a band from Scotland...The Dirty Beggars...who were touring the US....playing wherever they could find a place.  They were amazing!!

This year the Saturday highlight was Brandi Carlile!

But we also enjoyed Doug & Telisha Williams and Scott Miller...and others. The Sunday lineup was over the top.  Darrell Scott, Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, Bruce Hornsby, and Alison Kraus....the Sunday lineup all made for crazy long lines but it was all worth it.

Floyd should go!!

And this is what you see on the way home.

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