The show goes on at the 8th Annual Festy Experience, with safety as a priority
From the time the gates opened, until the sun went down, thousands were enjoying live music at the 8th Annual Festy Experience in Nelson County on Friday, October 6, 2017.
"It's always something bit different. It's a lot fun. It's a great family experience," said Elaine Passman, who attended the event with her husband Corey.
"With the weather this year, this is by far our best turn out. People are really excited to be here," said Michael Allen, the co-founder and owner of The Festy Experience.
Just days ago, a concert in Las Vegas came to a horrifying end when a mass shooter killed dozens and injured hundreds of others.
Concert goers here said safety isn't the first thing on their minds.
"I didn't have any concerns coming out. It's really terrible that it happened, but I feel really comfortable here," said Caroline Thompson, who traveled to Festy from Richmond, Virginia.
At least one group of friends feels the same.
"In light of recent events, it's good that we're all out here having a good time and showing that we're not scared to go out and see good music," said Almon Winder, a Nelson County resident.
Organizers say all the safety measures are in place just like they always are - with all hands on deck.
"We hire a bunch of these people, you know, police, fire, EMS, and ambulances and everything else, and hopefully they just sit here all week and do nothing," saif Dave Frey, owner of Infinity Downs Farm, where the event is held.
If nothing else, emergency crews joined the crowd and took in some live music themselves while on alert.
Thus, fear seems to be a non-factor when it comes to entertainment in the area. In terms of any concert safety concerns on a national level, we'll see how that plays out over the next several months.