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Scott Elmquist

The only [newly-named] stage this year comes from new sponsor, Lyft. It's the platform right off Fifth Street, next to the Gary Gerloff Trail. Also, the company is giving 25 percent off all Lyft rides to the festival. Enter RFF2018 in the promos tab on the app. The normal shuttle that comes from City Stadium also gets you right to the doorstep of the festival. The regular shuttle hotline is 358-4782.

Estimates usually place the crowd at around 200,000 for the entire weekend, which makes for some crowded areas by the river. But this year the space around the American Civil War Museum is no longer under full construction. "It's been opened up," says Stephen Lecky of Venture Richmond "It shouldn't be as much of an issue."

Lecky also points out that families with young children should head first to the CarMax Family Area, produced by the Children's Museum of Richmond. "The easiest way to access that space is the cut through on Brown's Island Way," he says, adding that VCU Health has a private tent right near the family area for baby changing or breastfeeding if needed.

Speaking of babies, festival volunteers Laura Marie Napky Osborne and Grant Osborne, who were profiled in this paper in 2016 when they got married in the thick of things, are expecting their first child in December. Laura says "no names yet, just excited." As someone probably said at Woodstock, "It ain't a party till someone gets born."

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