A successful FloydFest

From all accounts, FloydFest 2008 will rank as the most successful weekend of music, crafts and fun in the event's short history. Organizers estimate a record 12,000 plus attended over the four days, the weather stayed dry, the Park Rangers stayed -- for the most part -- out of sight and the weekend was -- as this year's theme promised -- a true family affair.

Don Johnson, the area landscape photographer who covered the event for The Floyd Press because I had a previous commitment, reports the festival this year was an outstanding success. His photos and story will be in Thursday's paper (the photo above is one I took from a previous year).

FloydFest has become an important part of the area's summer entertainment schedule and brings a lot of attention to the Floyd and the surrounding region. Our congratulations to Erika, Kris and the crew at Across the Way Productions.

From all accounts, FloydFest 2008 will rank as the most successful weekend of music, crafts and fun in the event’s short history. Organizers estimate a record 12,000 plus attended over the four days, the weather stayed dry, the Park Rangers stayed — for the most part — out of sight and the weekend was — as this year’s theme promised — a true family affair.

Don Johnson, the area landscape photographer who covered the event for The Floyd Press because I had a previous commitment, reports the festival this year was an outstanding success. His photos and story will be in Thursday’s paper (the photo above is one I took from a previous year).

FloydFest has become an important part of the area’s summer entertainment schedule and brings a lot of attention to the Floyd and the surrounding region. Our congratulations to Erika, Kris and the crew at Across the Way Productions.

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4 Responses

  1. I’ve been attending festivals since the 70’s and have never been to an event that flew quite as sweetly. I, for one, am damn grateful to all the Floydfest staff and volunteers for creating an environment where magic can grow, flow, and glow.

    Highlights for me included getting a chance to check out 2 young local bands “The Wave” & “The Blue Summer”…they played in the Children’s Universe and benefitted greatly from professional grade sound reinforcement. Both bands played like they meant it and are a credit to the local music scene.

    Once again the line-up was overflowing with great artists and bands, a potent mix of the known and the unknown. Everbody’s a critic when it comes to who was included and/or who was left out. I’ve grown to trust the judgement of festival organizers, so from here on I’ll say “hit me with music!”

    Now that it’s done and over I’ll remember this festival as my introduction to the music of John Specker. The last time I was this shaken up by a musician was the first time I saw Doc Watson in 1976. Hopefully we’ll see him in this part of the country again.

  2. Holy cow! I was also blown away by the Speckers. I kept referring to them as – 3 fiddles and FEET! What a sound this simple group makes… amazing.
    Last year, it was the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who are now getting lots of attention throughout the country with their old timey tunes that make ya wanna move.

    These ‘discoveries’ make the FloydFest experience such a joy for me. It’s like finding treasure… that you get to take home in a jewel case. 🙂

    And yes, we all work hard… one look at the new aerial photo tells it all. It’s a huge endeavor that takes an army of committed folks. But maybe we’re creating the specs for what makes a good festival… and how a community can work together to create something so special.

  3. Glad you enjoyed “The Blue Summer”! Paternal pride demands that I link to their site. Saturday’s performance was their last gig (Abbey Bowen is leaving to concentrate on more acoustic music), and they went out with a bang!

    The band really appreciated the attention they got from the sound man provided by the FloydFest organizers–he not only made them sound good, but also gave them lots of advice before and after the shows.

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