First indoor Friday Night Jamboree held in Floyd amid COVID-19 pandemic

New River Valley News

FLOYD, Va. (WFXR) — The Friday Night Jamboree kicked off in Floyd following a 15 month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, the jamboree is held inside the Floyd Country Store, where everyone from all around gathers for a Friday night tradition. The line for tickets stretched down the street, but by 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9, everyone was inside listening and dancing to bluegrass music.

Mike Shephard, a resident of Floyd, has been coming to the jamboree for 14 years. He says getting out on the floor is his favorite part.

“It took me a year or two before I started dancing. I just stood and watched everyone else, and finally I couldn’t stand it anymore…I finally got out there,” said Shephard.

Graham Holes says this was his first time coming to the jamboree, but his initial feeling is all about enjoying the music and listening to their jokes.

Heather Kantz, owner of Floyd Country Store, says night like this haven’t happened in a long time, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s incredibly exciting, I’m sure I will be emotional tonight because it was a real loss to us. Mostly not having our people around us. It was really really hard,” said Kantz.

The Friday Night Jamboree has been happening for over 35 years. Even though the doors to the Floyd Country Store close at 10 p.m., the party continues outside on the street where people were still dancing and laughing through the night.

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