The big event of the summer along the Blue Ridge Parkway is set to start on Thursday. FloydFest 12 has already sold out, and is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to our area.
"They're willing to drive here, hike here, fly here, and boat here," says the festival's creative director Kris Hodges. "People have really recognized FloydFest as a unique travel destination."
With the festival right around the corner, we got some advice on what you need to know as you plan your weekend.
"Coming to FloydFest for the first time, I would definitely recommend researching our web site," says festival director Erika Johnson.
Johnson says once there, you can find everything you need to know about what is and isn't allowed at this year's event.
Next, she says think twice about how much gear you're going to bring.
"Pack light, we do have a gear assistance shuttle program. We'll bring your gear in, but nonetheless, travel light," Johnson says.
When it comes to parking, there are several different lots you may be assigned to, depending on which kind of ticket you've bought. Regardless of where you park, there will be buses bringing people onto the festival grounds.
"Be prepared to have an amazing time," Johnson says. "Open your mind to a wealth of new experiences and music."
With thousands expected to flock to the region, restaurants in the area are getting ready for the rush of people.
Oddfella's in downtown Floyd says it's an opportunity to see a lot of extra customers, including some they don't normally get to see very often.
"We definitely see a lot more people," said Oddfella's head server Justine Church. "A lot more people that aren't local are obviously coming through. But it's really interesting there are some really fun interesting people. There are people that come every year and we only see them when they come through for FloydFest so that's kind of neat to catch up with people we haven't seen for a while."
This year the restaurant will also have a tent at the festival to sell food.