‘FloydFest 21~Odyssey’ kicks off Wednesday with pandemic precautions in place

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FLOYD, Va. (WFXR) — Get ready, music lovers! After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, FloydFest is returning with a bang on Wednesday, bringing five days of art, music, and adventure for those attending the sold-out jamboree.

Things may look a little different this year when it comes to the festival, which runs from Wednesday, July 21 through Sunday, July 25. More specifically, FloydFest 21~Odyssey organizers say it will be “less crowded.”

The festival usually brings 14,000 to 15,000 people to the edge of Patrick and Floyd counties. That includes artists, volunteers, and event-goers. However, due to COVID-19, capacity is reduced.

Festival officials say they spent a lot of time coming up with a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan. In the plan, they address temperature checks throughout the event, including at ticket booths, before getting on shuttles, and on and off-site.

You can also expect a heavy amount of sanitizing. Staff members will be using backpack sprayers to clean high-touch point areas, such as Porto-johns, tables, and chairs. There will also be hand washing and hand sanitizer stations throughout festival grounds.

“We’re walking the fine balance to make everybody feel safe and secure, but also allow them to have a festival experience and get back to what feels like a normal life again,” said Brian Swenk, FloydFest media director.

Coronavirus guidelines will also be posted around festival grounds to remind event-goers to practice proper pandemic protocols, like social distancing, proper handwashing, and face mask guidelines.

While many are excited about the festival, FloydFest organizers are asking people experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms to stay home.

FloydFest is also offering festival-goers a new tool to help them get around. There is now an FloydFest 21~Odyssey app for iPhone and Android phones showing who is on stage, where you are on the festival grounds, and other activities going on that day. It’s free to download in the Apple and Google Play store.

Follow these links to check out the full FloydFest lineup or to learn more about the festival.

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