With other Small Town Thursday events moved inside because of weather this year, producer Dylan Locke of The Floyd Country Store held on to hope he could keep the music outside for July 4th Thursday.
After rain drenched downtown Floyd shortly after 5 p.m., Locke delayed the start of the concert by Sway Katz from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Then another storm dropped more moisture on Warren G. Lineberry Park shortly after 6 p.m. and he moved the start time to 7 p.m., which worked.
Attendees who tried to stay dry under store awnings along Locust Street and/or had dinner at the Country Store began to file into the park as sun broke through the clouds and big band music filled the park.
“Finally,” said Cathy Ernst of Copper Hill, who came to the park, had dinner, did some shopping and unfolded her lawn chair to sit and take in the music. “It’s the Fourth of July and we need to hear the music and have a good time.”
The free Thursday concerts are provided by the Town of Floyd with local sponsorship and have had to move inside more than once this season as afternoon and evening thunderstorms dampened some spirts.
But not on this Fourth of July. Thunder rumbled from the south, but the sun finally came out and a crowd appeared to celebrate America’s birthday.
Locke smiled. He took a chance that the concert could be played in the park and it did. “This is America’s birthday,” said Samuel Watson, who came to Floyd from Christiansburg to celebrate the Fourth. “Let’s enjoy it.”