It’s a wrap: Organizers are calling the first SITW fest a success

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The inaugural Something in the Water Festival is officially a wrap. Performances at the biggest music event to hit Virginia Beach ended late Sunday night and organizers are already calling it a success.

There were huge crowds for the concerts at the main stage and the pop-up church service was extended several times Sunday due to the overwhelming attendance.

But what goes up must go down and that’s the next phase. The massive undertaking that was the infrastructure set up for the festival now all has to be undone.

Virginia Beach Public Works crews will be back to work early in the morning.

“About 2 in the morning we are going to start clearing the boardwalk and the side streets. Sometime around 2 or 3, we will have the street sweepers come in,” said Drew Lankford with Public Works.

The work includes picking up the hundreds of extra trash cans brought in for the event in addition to bringing in the regular beach clearers.

Lankford said the amount of trash seen is similar to what is usually seen at the American Music and Patriotic festivals. “They’ve had crews down here constantly picking up trash cans and cleaning up. We think it’s gone extremely well.” 

City officials are asking locals to help out with the big cleanup effort Monday. Festival organizers say they are meeting at the VIBE District Park on Cypress Avenue at 9 a.m. 

Email KVBB@VBGov.com to register, so they’ll know you will be there to help.

As for the stages, Something in the Water has until Thursday to reopen the whole beach. However, organizers say they hope to be out of here before then.

Click here to check out all of WAVY’s coverage of Something in the Water.

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