The Floyd Country Store, Floyd’s popular music spot on South Locust Street, and a major Venue on Virginia’s Crooked Road Music Trail, has entered into an arrangement with Chantilly Festival Farm on Franklin Pike in Floyd County.
“It is a collaboration between two local businesses to help promote music and the creative arts of Floyd County to a wider audience,” said David Larsen, owner of Chantilly Farm.
The arrangement will involve construction of a small retail store and jamming pavilion to be built by The Floyd Country Store at Chantilly Farm. The store and pavilion are centrally located in the festival fields and will provide products for a growing audience at Chantilly events.
Woody Crenshaw, co-owner of the Country Store, pointed out that it’s a logical step for the store. “We want to stay current with the development of outdoor festivals here in our community. Certainly FloydFest has shown everyone how outdoor festivals can bring both cultural and economic benefits to the region and the emergence of YogaFest has reinforced that. For us at this moment, it makes sense to partner with Chantilly because they are close to town and are developing some excellent infrastructure that will provide quality experiences for a variety of audiences and events.”
The Chantilly annex of the Floyd Country Store will be open for business beginning at the 4th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival on May 24 and will continue as a regular vendor throughout the 2014 season and beyond. It is anticipated that event-goers will enjoy the familiar ambiance and offerings of the Country Store as part of their festival experience.
The new store is part of an expansion being set into place at Chantilly Farm as it further develops access and amenities. A 50’ x 80’ barn and shower house are being erected, and an RV park with full hookups, a dump station and additional dry camping are in the works.’
Chantilly Farm is located on Franklin Pike in Floyd County, convenient to the Town of Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and “closer than you think’” to all cities and towns in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.
There are a number of major events which will take place at Chantilly Farm over the course of the next few years.
“We’re designing the festival site to accommodate both small and major events, for concerts day or night, weddings, reunions, open-air functions or for multi-day festivals accommodating thousands of people. We think the Floyd Country Store will be a great anchor vendor which will add value to our events in the years to come,” said Jason Gallimore, Chantilly Farm’s lead promoter.
Chantilly Farm and the Floyd Country Store are also in the early stages of planning an Old-Time Music and Dance Festival to be held at Chantilly in the fall of 2015.
“This is an effort to really shine a light on the old-time music and dance of Floyd County and the Blue Ridge Plateau,” said Crenshaw.