Bucket Brigade raises $70,000 at Richmond Folk Festival

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – An orange-clad, bucket-carrying  army of volunteers, known as the Bucket Brigade, helped raise $70,000 over the three day Richmond Folk Festival, according to festival representative Kelly Vance. The money, donated by festival goers, will go to help fund future folk festivals.

The festival, which costs $1.4 million to put on, is free to attend.

More than 100,000 people braved the sometimes rainy, sometimes muddy conditions at the 2013 festival. Last year 200,000 people attended the festival and the 2012 Bucket Brigade raised $109,000.

The lower turnout for the 2013 festival meant less people donated and less money was made selling drinks. Venture Richmond covered the $125,000 shortfall, according to festival representative Trevor Dickerson.

Much of the event’s costs are covered by corporate sponsors.

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