Lockn' winds down with day of sunshine and jams

Attendees of Lockn’ Music Festival were drawn out of their tents by sunshine Sunday following several days of rain that left the Oak Ridge Farm covered with a thick red mud.

The break in the weather gave volunteers time to spread hay in areas surrounding the stages, which resembled mud pits by the end of Saturday night’s performances.

People crowded into the Blue Ridge Bowl Sunday morning for a soulful performance by Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel, which several attendees joked was their version of church.

Cars slowly trickled out of the camping lots throughout the day, though thousands packed the Oak Ridge stadium well into the evening for the final shows by Widespread Panic and Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters.

The Virginia Department of Transportation website said it expects an influx of RVs and other vehicles on U.S. 29 until Monday afternoon as the remaining campers leave the farm. Drivers are urged to use caution on the road between Lovingston and Colleen.

The sunshine Sunday also seemed to lure festivalgoers to the vendor tents, offering a possible recovery for businesses that experienced a loss in sales due to Thursday’s delayed opening of the festival.http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/lockn-winds-down-with-day-of-sunshine-and-jams/article_330ec2ca-5a7c-11e5-a61d-bbd7a7967351.html