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This was a ticket-less event with no pamphlets
June 1st, 2007
The Patriotic Festival is an annual event which takes place in Virginia Beach. I think this is only the third year. Not sure. Anyway, what it is, is mostly a concert series over three days. In 2006 we remember seeing the Comedian Sinbad. This year we only went Friday June 1st. The concert that day was Huey Lewis and the News and before them a Navy band called four star edition. The next night was Sugar Ray and Sunday was supposed to be 38 Special and Gretchen Wilson. I don't know if that took place because it rained a LOT all day. At this event, which takes place on the beach and along the boardwalk, they have exhibits (military and civilian businesses), vendors (mostly food and selling you stuff like cel phone service or insurance). This day, there was one "event" scheduled which took about 10-15 minutes from beginning to end: it was a navy dive exercise, where they showed the Navy divers (not Seals) who go by helicopter and jump into the ocean to detonate explosive ordinance. Before detonation, they get lifted back out. It's quite unique looking and very harrowing! They face bashing waves and high winds from the copter, as well as cold waters and the fear of being blown up or being snapped from the copter. Below are some photos of the event. This event is free. You can take chairs but no coolers. Parking will cost you about 5-20 dollars for the night depending where your park. Food is NOT good there. Avoid the chicken; it's horrendous two years in a row. Prices pretty high for the quality. Bring water bottles, sunscreen, a towel to wipe your feet off, money, camera and to get a good seat, you need to get there WAY early (three hours will be the earliest they'll let you set up). If you do this, you'll be bored, so bring a book to read or something.
From left to right: 1) Channel 3 News Anchors Kurt Williams and Barbara Ciara 2) Sculptures of big fish (there are a ton of sculptures all along the boardwalk) 3) Navy Divers in the air 4) Nave Divers ni the air again 5) and another photo of Navy divers in the air
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June 5th, 2010
The Patriotic Festival is an annual event which takes place in Virginia Beach. This is the 6th year. I think we've gone at least three if not four of the years. I didn't make a page for the other year or two. I don't know know why... the Patriotic festival is basically honoring our military. Every year, one deserving man or woman from each branch of the US military is honored for their self-sacrifice and honor they bring to themselves, their branch of service and the US in general. At the event, they get up on stage and we hear about what they did. Many are injured. The radio stations, the USO are the emcees of the event. The crowd comes mainly for the national entertainment, which is always free to the public. This year it was several bands but we only went the day Hall and Oates were playing. Other bands were: Uncle Kracker and Jason Aldean. The festival has some tents set up to buy food and several vendors/sponsors want you to come see them like Chevy, Geico, banks and such. Of course there are carnival rides and shops and such along that strip. Others swim or go boating/parasailing or whatever. Parking will cost you about 6-20 dollars for the night depending where your park. Food is NOT good there. Prices pretty high for the quality. Bring water bottles, sunscreen, a towel to wipe your feet off, money, camera and to get a good seat, you need to get there WAY early (three hours will be the earliest they'll let you set up). If you do this, you'll be bored, so bring a book to read or something. You are NOT allowed coolers or picnic foods.
From left to right: 1) The honorees, brave men and women who were injured or did something of valor for our country and the service branch they belong to. One for each branch of the military 2) Fish Sculptures. I guess I keep taking photos of them because they are right there at 5th street where the event takes place. 3) Another fish sculpture 4) Crowd shot
From left to right: 1) The "VIP" tents where you can sit on chairs instead of the ground or your own beach chair and where they serve food and drinks. We were in tent 4 of 5. The Chevrolet tent. 2) More crowds/buildings 3) The beach 4) the beach again
From left to right: 1) The Atlantic Ocean
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No Ticket or Pamphlet
June 5th, 2011
We went again this year. They once again picked one member from each branch of service to honor. Their sacrifices are noted and thanked from us here! They also had a bunch (over a hundred) bicycle riders who went from Washington DC to Virginia Beach, who were wounded soldier/vets. The opening act the day we went was Gator Almond, who did the same thing he did at Fort Monroe, which was a countdown of songs, where just a few seconds of each song was played. I do not like this; I hope he gives it a rest! While he was being a DJ, Robin Meade from CNN filmed a segment. See photo below. Then the Beach Boys came on. Event was free but VIP (in other words just getting a little closer to the stage) were offered (55.00 each). We chose FREE. I do have to comment on the Beach Boys. The did sing all the best hits so score one for that. They did sound decent but two original members (Mike Love and Bruce Johnston) barely sang. I saw some lip singing, some non-singing and hardly any moving. Of course they are pretty old now, so it's understandable about the moving and as you get on in age, your voice changes. I understand that. However, I found them to be more of a cover band with Mike and Bruce up there to give it the Beach Boy name. People didn't mind too much as they did stay through this concert while other concerts they tend to leave to beat traffic. I have one more thing to mention... if you go to this event, you might want to skip the parking garage. Though cheaper, they have a new way of doing things: they no longer charge going in; instead, you are paying going out which is BAD if you are tired, have to use the restroom, I guess people were LATE going in years before and complained. But to me this is WORSE as you have people late at night tired etc. and can cause accidents. And a log jam during a natural disaster would be catastrophic. Who's brilliant Idea this was, I don't know. However, I was not thrilled to get in my car at 10:24 PM and not being able to move my car till 11:50 PM! About half an hour through, I had to use the restroom and was hungry, having eaten about 3 PM last, so we hit an open restaurant. Kudos to the restaurant near Hershey's for staying open till midnight! Thumbs down and a boo to the parking garage!
From left to right: 1) Crowd (thousands) 2) Robin Meade of CNN 3) Robin Meade again 4) Gator Almond and his helper DJ
From left to right: 1) Christian Love and 2) The whole Band" Tim Bonhomie, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Christian Love, Bruce Johnston, John Cowsill 3) John Cowsill (Drummer/Former member of "The Cowsills") 4) Mike Love and Bruce Johnston