Changes could be coming to FloydFest 2023 due to logistical factors

“Make zero mistake — FloydFest and its future are strong, and this we do know: We will see each of you,” said event leaders

(Credit: Blue Cow Arts & Across-the-Way Productions, Inc.) (WSLS)

FLOYD, Va.FloydFest 2023 may look a little different than expected this summer due to logistical factors, event leaders announced on Facebook.

In a social media post, the festival explained that Festival Park, its new location, “is not currently viable for a 2023 festival” because of final permitting and logistical factors beyond their control.

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Event leaders went on to state that they are currently considering all of their options and will have an update on April 6.

They emphasized that the festival itself is still on as of now and they will do all that they can to bring music to the mountains this summer.

“Make zero mistake — 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. We love you. Thank you. Stay tuned,” the post read.

On Thursday, Floyd County issued a statement in regard to the FloydFest site challenges, which can be found below:

Yesterday FloydFest announced that due to challenges with their new site, the festival would not be held this summer at their new location, Festival Park in Floyd County, but would instead christen their new home in 2024. While disappointed by the news, the county is pleased to see this organization’s continuing commitment to their Floyd County location going forward.

The county has already seen a positive economic impact as a result of Across the Way’s (the parent organization of FloydFest) decision to move to their birthplace of Floyd. Since the move was announced, dozens of residents have been working on the site for months, adding to their family pocketbook. Many entrepreneurs have taken advantage of Floyd’s commitment to private property rights and have been developing new businesses and lodging opportunities in the county and near the new festival site, in order to capitalize on the economic stimulus effect presented by the new location. “The free enterprise mindset of Floyd makes it a great match for FloydFest” stated Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Turman. With the opportunities it creates for business and economic development, we are pleased that the FloydFest folks have decided to make our community their home and are grateful for what they are doing for our local economy and tax base”.

When asked about questions of permitting, County Administrator, Dr. Linda Millsaps, indicated that Floyd has no zoning, and as such has limited permit requirements. To date, FloydFest has complied with all Floyd County’s permit requirements and has been working with county staff to ensure the safety of all festival attendees per the county’s Festival and Entertainments Ordinance.

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