Richmond Folk Festival attracts more than 200,000

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Sunday was the last day for the Folk Festival in Richmond.

“I love coming and seeing other people enjoy music,” said Heather Woods.

It’s the first time Woods has made it to the Folk Festival here in Richmond now in it’s 11th year. Woods was one of the more than 200,000 people who enjoyed the festivities this weekend.

“I try to come every year, it’s really the landmark event in Richmond,” said Eileen Davis.

Davis has been coming for years, surprised at how diverse and large the event has become.

“It’s Nashville, it’s Cambodia, it’s hip hop, it’s just, it’s amazing,” said Davis.

“There’s something here for everybody, there’s music, there’s crafts, there’s food,” said Woods.

Food tents and beverages are another reason people have come to love the festival here.

“I mean I love to eat food so the food’s been really great,” said Woods.

While the event comes to an end, many are already making plans to come back next year.

“You’ve got to come, if you haven’t come, I’m sorry for you but put it on your calendar for next year. If you live in the Richmond area and you haven’t come. You’re really missing something,” said Davis.

The event also raised $118,000 from the Bucket Brigade, which was $10,000 more than the festival’s biggest year in 2012. All donations made through the Bucket Brigade help directly cover the costs of the festival.

Click here to see the 8News Folk Festival photo gallery.

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