FloydFest was hit with more than an inch of rain Saturday. The downpour, and mud, kept a lot of people in their tents. Early-morning strollers said that vendors were closed longer than usual.
During the early morning, torrents fell as Larry and His Flask performed at the Pink Floyd beer garden stage. The Oregon-based band lost power momentarily and was about to go acoustic when power was restored.
Amy Callas of Raleigh, N.C., said she felt bad for the performers and vendors.
“I was walking around, and the Hill Holler stage looked like there were only about 20 people watching,” said Callas, who was there with her husband, Ted. “I think everyone got off to a slow start.”
Getting around on Saturday included plenty of slipping and falling. Some people went barefoot in the churned-up mud.
A number of tents and camping areas were flooded. Festival staff had to bring in hay to keep the water out.
Jordan Zadell of Roanoke, who is part of the event staff, said she didn’t expect this.
“The weather’s been a real buzz-kill,” Zadell said. “All you can really do is just sit around.”
Patrons spent a lot of time under shelter. Some food vendors shared tents with crowds of hungry festivalgoers.
The rain stopped about 4 p.m. Fog replaced it. Roanoke Times weather columnist Kevin Myatt said rain predicted for today came Saturday instead, so today’s forecast might be better.
— Frank Diez and Tad Dickens