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Hokie Bird - HBF 2012

October is one of the nicest months to visit the New River Valley. Weekends in Blacksburg are fun but very busy, even when there isn't a home football game at Virginia Tech. Lodging can be limited and expensive at times. The Inn at Virginia Tech is the location of the Hokie BugFest. Lodging and food are first class at this location.

Onsite Food at Hokie BugFest

To help the public avoid the inconvenience of having to leave the event early to seek meals offsite, we offer the following options:

  • Preston's Restaurant will offer a special buffet menu just for the Hokie BugFest. This is the same reduced cost lunch offered to our event volunteers. It will be open from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
  • A food cart will be open to the public again this year. The cart will be located in the Latham Foyer and Great Lawn area and will sell hot dogs, lemonade, water, and other snacks. The hours of the food cart are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Beating the Crowds at Hokie BugFest

Hate crowds? Who doesn't! For the past two years we have welcomed crowds exceeding 7,700 (7,020 in 2015; 7,700 in 2016) in attendance. For most attractions we were able to eliminate the line problem we experienced in prior years. In 2016 we pretty much eliminated or reduced lines altogether. This was done by eliminating activities that produced lines in prior years (Haunted House, Luminous Cave, Face Painting, etc.) Our most popular attraction, the Bug Zoo, produced huge lines several years ago. For the past three years we broke the zoo into multiple sites and the lines were pretty much calmed. In terms of sheer mass of people at the event, our lightest period of time is in the afternoon. Late afternoon until closing at 5:00 pm is ideal. Our activities remain the same throughout the day, so coming during the hours of less attendance will not affect what you see. You just might see more during the less crowded hours. See you at the event and thank you for attending.

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