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FriendsFest 2022

New Date:  Sunday September 18

Time:  3-4pm Gear Swap set-up, for persons bringing gear to sell!

            4-5pm General arrival time: Gather, socialize and shop for    

                       used outdoor gear

            5-6pm Eat!

            6pm Raffle winners announced!

             ends at dusk!

Location: 111 Mill Race Rd, Verona, VA

Bring:  Your own picnic side dishes, drinks, plates and utensils

             Chair or blanket

             Items for the Gear Swap (optional, come early and be ready

                        to sell at 4pm)

            Money to buy all the stuff at the Gear Swap and our cool, new

                        promotional items!!!



For those of you who are new to Friends Fest, this is FOMR’s yearly barbecue to celebrate the Middle River, our stewardship efforts, volunteers and Sponsors.  During this IN-PERSON picnic, we will draw the winning raffle tickets.  Two lucky people will leave with a grand prize of either a new kayak, or a stand-up inflatable paddle board; there are many more raffle prizes and gifts to be drawn.   We will share our new and evolving activities for the coming year.


This year with Covid precautions, we are doing things a little differently than in past Fests. We ask you to bring your own picnic side dishes—just for yourself or your group-- and drinks, plates, utensils to supplement the BBQ, buns, and slaw FOMR is providing.


We will kick off the event with the Gear Swap at 4pm, followed by the meal, then the raffle ticket winners.  We’ll finish by dusk.


FriendsFest will be held outdoors at Shirley and Stuart Webster’s beautiful riverfront property, as we have done in the past: 111 Mill Race Road, Verona.

Please arrive in a party mood by car or boat if you like.  Kids are always welcome, but please leave the dogs at home.


We hope you will join us for this fun event as we give thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and our amazing resource…The Middle River!

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