FloydFest 9 kicked off Thursday amid the heat and humidity of the hills just inside Patrick County just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Now firmly established as part of the national festival scene, FloydFest is more than a four-day music event. It’s an instant community that brings another national spotlight on the area. The people who attend make the event as much as the artists who play, the vendors who sell their wares and the various attractions that provide an atmosphere that is part festival, part carnival and all fun.

FloydFest officials say they expect 14,000 to attend this year’s festival with the largest crowd predicted Saturday when Levon Helm headlines on the Dreaming Creek stage. Saturday is also predicted to be the hottest day with temperatures expected in the upper 90s.

We will be reporting on the festival over the next four days. See you there. Bring plenty of sunscreen.

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