The ‘P’s and ‘Q’s of the FloydFest Scene
For four glorious July days of the year, this quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed into a temporary ‘burb of music aficionados. In addition to the food, shopping, and entertainment amenities, our FloydFest ‘tent city’ comes complete with recycling and trash collection, sanitation and zoning issues, medical assistance, neighborhood security, and plain neighborly common-sense. Please take a moment to read through this campus overview; being a well-informed citizen helps to minimize problems and ensures that everyone will Rise & Shine all weekend long!
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Protocol: Observe the rules. Self-police and police others- the safety, security and family-friendly vibe of FloydFest depend on it. Again, in sum:
- No weapons.
- No outside alcohol.
- No wristband, no admittance.
- No drugs.
- No dogs.
Parents: Lost children should be taken to the Children’s Universe and left with the person in charge. Lost Parents should check in at our onsite administrative office, centrally located outside the main Beer and Wine Garden.
Pop-up tents, which are very frustrating to some patrons, and very necessary to others, are allowed *only* on one cordoned-off site of the front main field area, where they do not block the sight lines of others. The front main field area, from the stage to the stated signage, is for standing and blankets only. Mid-way back, posted signage designates the ‘chair seating’ area, and, from the fountain back, umbrellas and see-through shade apparatus *other than pop-ups* is allowed. Unless you require the larger footprint of a pop-up shade tent for medical conditions, or because of very young children, please utilize an alternative, as space for these is very limited.
Police and Medical: We have trained ‘round the clock Festival Security working to ensure the Family-Friendly environment that FloydFest is known for, by enforcing the rules and protocol.
- If you spot a security breech, or need any sort of assistance in this realm, please approach a staff member in the brightly colored security shirts.
- We employ off-duty Patrick County Police Officers to aid with the potential escalation of any issues; an officer can be found between 11:00am and 2am at the entrance to the main beer and wine garden.
- Professional medical assistance is available at the ‘Medical Tent’ directly outside the administrative offices near the main Beer and Wine Garden (look for signage).
Porto’potties are located along the periphery of the service road, accessible to camping areas, as well as in less conspicuous areas of our main field, in the Children’s Universe, the Global Village, outside our main gate, and in all parking areas. We use glow sticks to light them after dark, and they are cleaned twice daily! If there are overt issues in any of our units, please report it to administrative personnel (in our administrative office near the main Beer and Wine Garden) and will work to quickly remedy the situation.
Potable Water is located in large tanks- at the top of the Global Village, a second station will be located adjacent to the food court across from the Admin Building. Help yourself to water for cleaning dishes, brushing teeth, etc., Delicious mountain *drinking water* is located in two places on the main field near the model Blue Ridge Yurt, and is available *free* thanks to a partnership between FloydFest and Klean Kanteen (bring your container, or purchase one of our commemorative stainless steel water bottles!).
Warm water showers are located along the main path to the global village- and don’t bother with soap, we have complimentary Dr. Bronner’s! (Read the label for instant enlightenment.)
Pristine is how we like to leave our FloydFest site. Our Green Team continues to enhance greening efforts. How can you keep the scene clean?
First, look for the informational Green Team tent and recycling stations onsite! Next help us build the compost pile and increase our recycling by sorting your recycling properly in a clear bag, and bring it to a recycling station. Also, please also bring your food and paper scraps directly to the compost pile in the Global Village!
Small is beautiful… when it comes to camping spaces! While we work annually to clear dead trees, limbs and brush to expand camping areas, space is ultimately limited and it can be challenging to find a ready campsite, especially if you are late to the party! Towards the goal of everyone having a small footprint of space to call ‘home’ while they’re here, we ask that you contain your set-up to a reasonable size- please limit the sprawl of additional canopies, tarps, kitchenettes, etc. Additionally, keep walkways through campsites clear for a safe return to camp. Explore our outer boundaries- ‘Extreme Camping’ is a mildly adventurous trek past ‘Quiet Camping’ through the woods and down a hill… follow the trail signs. The journey is worth it! Prime camping with big trees, a view, and space galore!
Parking and Pick-up. **NEW IN 2013** Only vehicles with the proper parking decal will be allowed into the festival site. During Sunday’s exodus patrons will have to shuttle gear to where their cars are parked. For those being picked-up, please direct your ride to ALPHA Lot.
‘Queue Up’ for Shuttles! Our parking areas are labeled ‘ALPHA’ ‘BRAVO’ ‘CHARLIE’ and ‘DELTA’. Please take note of which lot you arrive in (large signage) and, when it’s time to depart, await your return shuttle in the line with the same corresponding signage. Our shuttles begin at 9am Thursday, and run through 2am nightly, with the last shuttle leaving the festival at 9pm Sunday.
Quiet (and Not-So-Quiet) Camping: Our ‘Family Camping’ is located in the wooded area behind the Children’s Universe, and extending up towards the Main Stage. This area was chosen because the music on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage ends relatively early, and for its distance from the later-running Dance Tent and late-night Global Village Stage. Please be considerate of the many children, and earlier bedtimes of campers in this area. NEW NOTE: Because of our multitude of stages, ultimately there is no camping that is truly ‘QUIET’… if you have problems sleeping to a background of music, drumming, or contained revelry, or small children with these issues we encourage you to either make the trek FURTHER DOWN THE PATH TO EXTREME CAMPING or stay at our offsite park-and-camp area in DELTA Lot.
Quarts and Pints (ABC): The origin of the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s,” this refers to Old-English barkeeps shouting at rowdy customers to mind their Pints and Quarts- in other words to moderate their intake and keep themselves in check! Our several licensed ABC areas are lovely places to hang out, complete with shade, snack vendors, and either their own entertainment or birds-eye views to a nearby stage. There are four such areas- we refer to them as the Pink Floyd Beer and Wine Garden, the Main Field Libations Tent, The Top o’ the Hill- Holla! Craft Beer Loft and (new in 2013!) The Speakeasy and Vaudeville Revue. All Four areas are open to everyone; those under 21 will have their hand stamped, and we encourage they be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy Responsibly!
To partake in our variety of craft beers and Virginia wines, you must first purchase tickets from booths stationed outside the ABC areas. Beer and wine tickets are $5 each, for 16oz beers and 8oz wine servings. In our ongoing efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, we minimize plastics by only serving drinks in Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups. Purchase one for $6, or re-use your cup from last year!
FloydFest’s Green Team WANTS YOU!
That’s right, it’s up to each and every one of us to participate in making our footprint as positive as possible! Be kind to each other and to our environment, and think about the impacts of your daily choices.
Though we have reached high levels of recycling in the festival over the past few years, we are hoping that we can take the campground and off-site area recycling to the next level! Plan ahead now–here’s what you can do:
Separate recycling—plastic, cans, and cardboard—into a clear bag.
Separate food waste/compostables—be entered to win a prize! Use compostable bags or bring a bucket. This includes things like napkins and paper towels too! You can take this material to:
o the Recycling Station at the Festival entrance (or any throughout the site!)
o the Compost Pile at the Global Village
o the Green Team tent (must be here for prize entry).
Crush & put the cap back on your bottles for recycling.
Use your Klean Kanteen cup for all beverages, and bring a separate water bottle.
Bring your own utensils! Though ours are compostable, they must be shredded first.
Join us for the Green Artist Jams! These are always epic and thought-provoking.
Get recycling supplies and information, and bring your food waste to enter to win a prize, at the Green Team tent, just behind the yurt near the FloydFest Admin building.
Quality Customer Service is our number one priority. If there is anything we can do to improve your Festival Experience, we want to know about it! Either tell a staff member personally, email email@example.com or give us a shout at 888-VA-FESTS.
Questions? or issues not covered here we will happily address in person at our onsite administrative offices (located, one more time, right outside the main Beer and Wine Garden!)