Festival organizers say Friday activities will go on rain or shine


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The stage is set, the mics are checked and the last of the banners are up. 

With less than 24 hours to go, crews are working nonstop to make sure the Oceanfront is ready for Something In The Water.

“We’re beating up the berms that protect the stage from the water just in case a storm pops up,” said Mitch St. Clair, Asst. Superintendent of Beach Operations for the City of Virginia Beach.

As festival crews finish up work on the main stage and pop up areas, crews from the city’s beach operations branch are hard at work getting the beach ready for the crowds. 

“We also have surface rakes starting at 4:00 in the morning that’ll be grooming the beach and it picks up litter,” St. Clair said. 

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On Thursday, the festival tweeted out a message to attendees to make sure there’s not something in the water once the show is over.

“We have over 1,700 trash cans between Atlantic boardwalk and the beach,” St. Clair said. 

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We’re told extra trash cans are being placed outside the beach like the pop-up church and shuttle pick-up locations. 

Beach operations has 70 people working 12-14 hour shifts through the weekend and workers say they’re ready. 

“Everyone is excited for the event. We’ve been looking for something like this for Virginia Beach for a while so we’re happy it’s here,” St. Clair said. 

The first performer takes the stage tomorrow at 2:00 in the afternoon. 

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