Folk Festival organizers: Party on rain or shine

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Organizers tell 8News that the annual Richmond Folk Festival will go on as planned this weekend, rain or shine.

The Richmond Folk Festival is scheduled to run from Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9, despite the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew. That means festival goers will still be able to buy their beer and wine and listen to good music.

36b6d12c9fda4fcc9cc630bf096fda20“Hopefully if the weather holds up it’ll be a good time,” said Mike Young, who attends the festival each year with his girlfriend, Alex Kazas. “I went here last year, it was a good time.”

The festival is family friendly and is always a good time with lots of food and happiness, Kazas said. She added that she doesn’t plan on letting bad weather spoil it.

“I love the rain and I don’t mind it;  it’s worth it,” she said. “Just get a little wet for free music; why not?”

ac825933892140669be3c7aeb4868670Crews from Commercial Tent Rentals spent seven days putting up nearly 130 tents. For a dozen years, Grant Tedford and his crew from Canada have been putting up the tents for the festival.


The tents are anchored with 42-inch stakes to keep the walls from blowing back and forth, Tedford said. The tent crews are not worried about Matthew raining on the festival or the winds he may bring.

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