‘The moon, stars and sun lined up’: Sheriff’s office weighs in on SITW

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — It’s been nearly a week since the Something in the Water Fesitval kicked off, but local officials still have a lot to say about its success. 

On Thursday, 10 On Your Side talked to Chief Deputy Rocky Holcomb with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, who says the event was a grand slam.

“I know the festival is called Something in the Water, but I think there was something in folks’ hearts this weekend, and it was love and happiness,” Holcomb smiled.

Holcomb says they prepared for the worst this weekend, with over 35,000 people expected at the Oceanfront, but what they got was the best of what the community had to offer. 

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“I just think it was a big team effort, everybody came together and we knew Virginia Beach was going to be under the microscope, and we did it right and made it look good,” he explained.

Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office backed up the city’s police department with traffic patrol units and maintaining crowd control at the Oceanfront.

“They’re saying how many folks came by and thanked them and appreciated them for being out there, thanked them for their service and all the positive messages,” said Holcomb.

While it went without any major problems, he says the deputies tried to keep everything discreet. That way everyone else could enjoy their time at the event.

“The folks that did get arrested or cited, they were taken care of in a professional manner and moved away, and it didn’t cause a scene,” Holcomb stated.

Holcomb says he’s worked College Beach Weekend for 28 years, and this year the festival made it the best one yet.  

“You can’t get that many people in one place and have it go as good as we had it this weekend, the moon, stars and sun lined up and it was an outstanding festival,” Holcomb said. 

Holcomb says they’re working with police to put together the weekend crime numbers, and if Something in the Water comes back next year, they will be ready to assist the community again.

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