Written by Jason Gallimore, Chantilly Farm
About the Farm
Many in our region are becoming familiar with Chantilly Farm, a 200 acre events venue and campground situated in the rolling hills of Floyd County. From their year-round camping facilities to their growing roster of annual events, Chantilly Farm was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year by the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce and is an official affiliate venue of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail.
The venue’s 4,000 square foot indoor facility is increasingly popular as a rental option for weddings, reunions and other private events, but many outside presenters have fallen in love with Chantilly Farm’s beautiful outdoor stage and picturesque setting for hosting outdoor events. The farm currently serves as the host venue for events that include the Floyd Auto Fair, Floyd Energy Fest, Gospel Jubilee, VW Bus Campout (photo above), Floyd Livestock & County Fair, Cirque du Floyd, Blue Ridge Stakeout, Tour de Floyd and Tour de Dirt.
Chantilly Farm has partnered with Blue Mountain Adventures to provide new group camping and glamping opportunities. These thoughtfully designed spaces will feature shared fire pits, seating, picnic tables, bell tents and other fun elements with plenty of space to pitch extra tents. In addition, the camping areas will be in close proximity to Chantilly Farm’s recently expanded hiking and mountain biking trails and a newly developed 9-hole disc golf course.
“As the idea of community resonates with more and more people, we find that interest in group camping has grown significantly. Whether it’s a team building retreat or just a group of friends, people want to step out into nature together where there are fewer distractions so they can be present and truly connect”, says Ashleigh Ward, Chantilly Farm’s Director of Planning and Business Development.
First Up, The Region’s Premiere Bluegrass Festival
Each Memorial Day weekend crowds gather in the venue’s beautiful festival fields to celebrate the coming of summer with some of the biggest bands in bluegrass and mountain music. Now in its ninth year, the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival will feature an all-star roster of prominent bluegrass talent including The Steeldrivers, Flatt Lonesome, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk, Nothin’ Fancy, Breaking Grass, Deer Creek Boys, Carolina Blue, Salt & Light, Five Mile Mountain Road, Loose Strings Band and many others.
The Festival, taking place on May 24-25, is widely known in the traditional bluegrass community as the official home festival of Mountain Fever recording artist, Junior Sisk, one of the bluegrass genre’s hottest artists in recent years and a native of nearby Franklin County.
“It’s been so exciting to be a part of the wonderful things going on at Chantilly Farm and to see the growth the festival has experienced over the last few years,” Sisk commented. “There’s no doubt that this is a festival that our entire region should be very proud of.”
The Festival recently formed a partnership with HoosierDevil, an Asheville, NC based events management company, to boost the marketing profile of the event and talks are underway for additional partners in the future. Founded in 2013 by Steve Johnson, the company has worked with an impressive list of clients, including MerleFest, Red Ants Pants Music Festival, Jam in the Trees, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and more. New owner Maggie Rainwater, who purchased HoosierDevil from Johnson at the start of 2019, brings expertise in publicity, promotion, event management, and social media.
“Chantilly Farm’s Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is an event I look forward to every year,” Maggie Rainwater shares, “and I could not be happier for HoosierDevil to have the opportunity to work alongside the
Chantilly Farm team. Chantilly treats everyone at the event—staff, volunteers, bands, guests—like family, and the positive, laid-back atmosphere they have cultivated at Bluegrass and BBQ is something truly special. When you combine such good vibes with a beautiful location, a variety of curated vendors, and a stellar lineup featuring the best in bluegrass, old-time, and mountain music, you have a recipe for a spectacular event. I believe the sky is the limit for Chantilly Farm and their Bluegrass and BBQ Festival, and HoosierDevil is delighted to be part of it!”
In addition to the Festival’s stellar lineup, activities include RV and tent camping, a stage-side beer and wine garden, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, opportunities for jamming, hiking and biking trails, cornhole, midnight campfire jams, kite flying and more. BBQ will be available from several regional vendors along with a wide variety of other delicious foods.
This year’s Festival features a brand new VIP option for those who are looking to be treated like bluegrass royalty. Weekend and single day passes are on sale now along with lots of other important info at chantillyfarm.com or by calling (540) 808-4984.
Jason Gallimore is an independent event planner and marketer living in Salem. Jason serves on the Board of Directors for both the Floyd Center for the Arts and Floyd County Chamber of Commerce. With a lifelong passion for music and the arts, Jason is involved in a wide range of festivals and special events in the region.