Could this be the beginning of the end of Floyd Fest?

Cheryl E Preston
Floyde Fest Check Virginia locationPhoto byYoutube screenshot

Floyd Fest co-founder parts ways with the event

WDBJ 7 is reporting that Floyd Fest co-founder Kris Hodges has decided to part ways with the event after 20 years. No details have been provided regarding why Hodges stepped down but the Across-the-Way Productions team gave the following statement.

“We wish Kris Hodges the absolute best for his future endeavors, and we thank him for his indelible contributions to FloydFest and its enduring brand,”

Is this the beginning of something new or the end?

The annual festival was supposed to return on Wednesday, July 26th but was canceled due to logistical issues. The event was supposed to be held at a new forever home in Check Virginia but things fell through after it was revealed that holding Floyd Fest in Check would harm rare butterflies and turtles. The permit for the previous location had expired and those in charge were unable to get a final permit to have the festival one last time in Floyd County, Festival Park.

A notice on the Floyd Fest Facebook page at the time said "See you in 2024" but now that Kris Hodges is stepping down perhaps a 2024 Floyd Fest may be in jeopardy. It's possible that a new co-chair of the festival could be found and that between now and next July all the ducks could be in a row and a successful event might take place but those who support Floyd Fest should keep in mind that after promises the 2023 festival would indeed take place at a forever home it did not. Be on the lookout for updates and news about what the future holds in Check Virginia or a different location.

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