FriendsFest is an annual FOMR late summer BBQ picnic where the winning ticket is drawn for the summer raffle of a new kayak and other great raffle prizes. It is a fun afternoon of fellowship with our members, guests, friends and family to celebrate the beauty and privilege of having this wonderful river and local resource. 

We gather usually on a Sunday afternoon in September at a host property on the River.  Folks arrive by boat and car, and all come with a dish to share, tales to swap and a hunger for locally sourced barbeque that FOMR provides.  All our members and friends are invited, we just ask you to RSVP so we know how much BBQ to order! In case of bad weather, we usually have an indoor venue as a backup for the same date.

Kids, of course, are welcome, but please no pets. We ask that you bring a side dish or dessert to share and a folding chair or blanket to sit on.


In recent years, over a hundred folks have attended each year. We eat first and socialize. Then we have a short report about the past year’s efforts to improve water quality, collaborate with local landowners, and get more folks on the River.  We acknowledge our volunteers - the backbone of FOMR - and present some of the projects coming down the pike. By informing this audience, we hope to encourages ideas, interest and volunteers.


Then we pull the winning raffle tickets for the prizes! You do not have to be present to win. Last minute raffle tickets are available for purchase at the picnic.  You can also purchase an FOMR T-shirt at the picnic. The raffle ticket sales are FOMR’s main summer fundraising event, and sales of the tickets directly support our mission.


Fellowship is the centerpiece of this gathering, and each year many new friendships are born and community relationships fostered. We love this treasure we call "The Middle"  and want to share and celebrate it with you!


We hope you’ll join us at our next FriendsFest!

Directly below this is a YouTube video of our virtual 2020 FriendsFest Raffle drawing.  I think you will find it entertaining!


~ Carolyn Ford,  2020 Board Member

FriendsFest 2021

Date: September 12, 2021

Tentative Time: 4pm-7pm, 5pm supper, 6pm Raffle Drawing

Tentative Location: 111 Mill Race Rd., Verona VA 24482

Bring: Chair or blanket, side dish or dessert to share

FriendsFest BBQ Picnic and Raffle Drawing
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This Year's Raffle Prizes

Kayak, Yellowfin Vibe Wildfire 100, Seat and Paddle


Fly Fishing Trip with Guide, Justin Fischbach


$50 Gift Certificate to The Fisherman's Attic

$50 Gift Certificate to Wilderness Adventure

...and more!


Friends Fest 2019