Recover Virginia, a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization, held “Recover Fest”at the Jackson River Sports Complex’s River Rock Amphitheatre on Sat., Sept. 17.
Food tents and various souvenir tents were set up adjacent to the River Rock Amphitheatre, and festivities included live music and drawings for prizes provided by area merchants and businesses.
Shagwuf, Crimson Reign, Fashionably Late, The Multiple Intelligence Band, Stay True, Theocles, Ross & Claire, and Miss Spitfire, all musical acts, were sponsored by Luca’s Pizza, Cucci’s Pizzeria, SaVida Health, Ingevity, Health Connect America, Bartley Meat Market, Bear Mountain Signs, Wolfe Speech Therapy Plus, Shenandoah Hemp Supply, Augusta Health, A & D Glass, The Havoc House, Bahhurs Pre-Owned and Highlands Outfitters.
Arts and crafts vendors were set up in tents along with Henna & Face Painting and The Dye Station.
Also, food and drink vendors participated in the Recover Fest which distributed materials on suicide prevention and recovery and harm reduction resources.
Tickets to the event were $10, but there was no admission fee for children 12 and under. Some of the sponsors were anonymous donors, and the Recover Fest began at noon with music and ended at 9:30 p.m.
Chad Stancil, a board member of Recover Virginia, served as the emcee of the drawings as Lallon Pond, treasurer of the nonprofit organization, assisted him on stage.
The nonprofit organization was founded to combat the meth and opioid crisis in Virginia, and Recover Virginia works with other organizations to combat the problem.
Recover Virginia focuses on helping those with substance use disorders (SUD), and by providing a support group to discourage using illegal drugs, it aims to prevent further drug abuse.