Area Happenings,  Bella Outdoors

An “Energetic” Day at Floyd Energy Fest

Saturday, July 13th will be the day and Chantilly Farm the place to power up and turn on to renewable energy at Floyd Energy Fest.  

Sponsored by SustainFloyd and Apple Ridge Farm, the Floyd Energy Fest is an all-day event (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with speakers, exhibits, vendors, workshops, and great food. Hear experts present fascinating information on solarizing your home, using energy efficient systems, geothermal heating and cooling and how the climate is affecting our local ecology and community.  

Check out two Tesla electric cars, presented by Sustainable Blacksburg, and other electric vehicles including e-bikes from Active E-Bikes!

Apple Ridge Farm will offer tours throughout the day to experience the E-base USA: Blue Ridge, an off-grid solar and wind-powered classroom, housed in a 1917 boxcar donated by the National Railway Historical Society. There will be a fascinating nature walk and a kid zone for children with crafts and activities.  SustainFloyd’s Solar Voltzwagon, a solar-powered wagon that provides electricity for many local events, will be on hand for visitors to see.

Plenty, a local food bank and farm in the Floyd area, will offer a menu of local foods to purchase for both the morning and lunch. Bootleg BBQ and Red Rooster coffee will also be on-site and Cocoa Mia will cool off visitors with yummy ice pops. Many vendors and exhibitors such as Omnibuild General Contractors, Waterfurnace International, Appalachian Power Company, and Solshine Energy Alternatives will answer questions.

On site this year will be a Tiny House Tour and presentation from Floyd Tiny House Innovators. You’ll meet local tiny home builders, get tours of their hand-crafted creations, and participate in live Q&A discussions with nationally recognized industry leaders. 

Floyd Energy Fest will be held rain or shine. Admission will be $5.00 per person and $10 per family. Tickets may be purchased that day at the entrance of Chantilly Farm, a beautiful campground and outdoor events venue located at 2697 Franklin Pike in Floyd, VA. 

SustainFloyd is a rural non-profit in the Blue Ridge Mountains that undertakes projects to support the environment, agriculture, renewable energy and community well-being. (

Apple Ridge Farm is a 501©3 non-profit organization that offers a variety of activities and programs which transform the lives of our community’s underserved children and families through educational, cultural, and outdoor experiences. (


WHAT:    Floyd Energy Fest

WHEN:    Saturday, July 13, 2019; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Chantilly Farm, Floyd, VA, 2697 Franklin Pike SE, Floyd, 24091

WHO:      Hosted by SustainFloyd and Apple Ridge Farm