High school runners compete as the sun sets at Floyd County High School.

Runners compete as the sun sets at Floyd County High

As the sun set on Friday leading into a busy Memorial Day weekend, students from five high schools competed in the Conference Track Meet at Floyd County High School until after 9 p.m. as a crowd of musicians and bluegrass fans gathered on Locust Street downtown.

The disappearing sun brought cooler temperatures but that didn’t stop the musicians from playing or the kids from running.

While the crowd was surprisingly light for a conference track meet, traffic and people lined the streets of Floyd for the Friday Night Jamboree and music & food from the various venues.

A capacity crowd packed the Country Store and dropping temperatures in the darkness did not stop the street musicians who put on coats and kept picking.

Today, the hectic schedule continues with the annual Chantilly Farms BBQ and Bluegrass Festival on Franklin Pike.

Amid the fun, we at Blue Ridge Muse ask readers to remember that Memorial Day is a time to remember and thank those who served their country as members of the Armed Forces.

Even cold weather did not stop the musicians from playing downtown

Even cold weather did not stop the musicians from playing downtown