By the time rock and roll legend Levon Helm took the stage at FloydFest 9 Saturday night,  a nearly full moon hung over the Dreaming Creek stage and  it was obvious that the annual music event that bears Floyd’s name had become a legend of its own.

FF founders Erica Johnson and Kris Hodges may remember 2010 as the year their music festival fulfilled their dreams. As the largest crowd anyone could remember seeing filled the festival site Saturday nothing — not the opresssive heat or a hit-and-run at nearby Mabry Mill — could dim the enthusiasm.

Sen. Mark Warner roamed the crowd — a sign that along with the ATM machines, cyber cafe and VIP area that the one-time “little hippie festival” has become a mainstream music event that draws thousands from around the world.

Helm’s two-hour show kept the crowd rocking and capped a day that included top-notch performances by regional and national bands throughout the festival site.

The festival ends today in what will no doubt be it’s best year even as promoters look forward to FloydFest 10.

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