FloydFest set to kickoff July 24

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By Karli Ratliff

FloydFest is back this summer with a lineup of more than 100 artists on nine stages and plenty of activities, vendors, workshops and art installations to enjoy.

FloydFest 19: Voyage Home will be held July 24-28, at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd.

It has been held annually since 2002, and each year features a new theme and a unique lineup of artists.

The 2019 lineup will include The String Cheese Incident, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, and Tyler Childers.

FloydFest is introducing the FloydFest Bus Stop as a ninth stage. The school bus was transformed into a recording and performance studio and will host recording sessions.

FloydFest will offer outdoor activities including trips down the Little River, a guided mountain bike tour, a 5k running race, and a disc golf course. Children’s Universe will be in the main field area where kids can take part in workshops, games, and open mic.

There is camping on and off-site and a variety of other lodging options in the surrounding areas.

FloydFest producers. Across-the-Way Productions. have announced a new annual event called The Big Chill: A Floydfest Ball. It will be held at Salem Civic Center on Dec. 7. The Big Chill will be headlined by The Isley Brothers with Turkuaz and Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars also in the lineup.

More information on FloydFest 19: Voyage Home and The Big Chill can be found at floydfest.com.