HoustonFest returned to Felts Park in Galax after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, with loads of live music from young musicians and established bands alike, plus a silent auction, dancing, food and the traditional remembrance of Houston Caldwell, for whom the festival is named. Caldwell was a young firefighter and musician who encouraged other young people to take up instruments and keep traditional mountain music alive. This year’s festival was all smiles, strings and the pursuit of good music.