Check, VA

FloydFest forever home and 2023 festival may be in jeopardy

Cheryl E Preston
FloydFest 2022Photo byErin Dudley video screenshot

FloydFest 2023 may possibly be canceled

FloydFest is a 5-day celebration of music & art that began in 2002 and has taken place in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains Floyd in Southwest Virginia for 20 years. The event is a local favorite and well attended each year until now. The website has a message that basically says that due to circumstances ( final permitting and logistical factors beyond their control) "see you in 2024" which is upsetting concertgoers who were looking to attend the 2023 festival.

The event was scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 24 and thousands of supporters were expected to show up at the new location at 5826 Floyd Highway North, Check, VA. FloydFest has not been definitely canceled and the leaders are looking for another venue because there are problems with the Check location that was supposed to be the "forever home" for the festival.

Organizers promised more information Thursday, April “FloydFest and its future are strong, and this we do know: We will see each of you, our FloydFest Family, in July 2024, as we christen your new home, FestivalPark. More information will be announced next week.”
Photo byErin Dudley video screenshot

Answers are supposed to come on Thursday

WDBJ 7 is reporting that FloydFest 2023 may not take place this year due to logistical issues and a post on the event's website as well as their social media, reveal that the new concert site, FestivalPark, is “not currently viable for a 2023 festival.” Response from the community are strong and opinionated and included the following posts:

Should have just kept it at the old location. As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”
Sounds like greed got the best of you! I will roll our tickets over I guess, but you can forget 1500 dollars for a camp site!

The overwhelming consensus is that the old local was just fine. Be on the lookout Thursday for updates to find out the final fate of FloydFest 2023.

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