Virginia Outdoors Festival on tap for Saturday

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LURAY ― A new festival is aimed at celebrating the great outdoors and the beauty of the Valley and efforts to conserve it.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is partnering with the White House Farm Foundation to host the 2017 Virginia Outdoors Festival this Saturday.

“Join us for a day of family-friendly activities, food and craft vendors and presentations focusing on conservation, water quality, native species and more,” Communications and Outreach Manager for the Virginia Outdoor Foundation Jason McGarvey said in an email.

The free, rain or shine event will feature activities including guided river walks along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, a native plant sale by Hill House nursery, a native wildlife presentation by Luray Zoo, canoe rides at the White House public landing, locally made food and products, nature-themed crafts and kids activities and presentations and exhibits by local conservation groups and natural resource agencies, including the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Attendees will also get the chance to tour the historic grounds of the White House Farm, about five miles west of Luray off of Route 211 and located within the original 5,000-acre land grant which became the first European settlement in the Valley. Purchased by Martin Kauffman in the 1730s, his son, Martin Kauffman II, is believed to have built the two-story white house that remains today in 1760.

In 2005 the property was purchased by Scott Plein, who enrolled it into a permanent conservation easement held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in an effort to protect its 270 acres and its working agricultural operations. Today the property features karst ponds, limestone outcroppings, corn, soybean and hay fields and nearly a mile of riverfront views along the Shenandoah.

“The festival is an opportunity to highlight the farm and the conservation practices that the owner, Mr. Plein, has participated in and also highlight the efforts and accomplishments of our conservation groups,” said Executive Director of the White House Farm Foundation Chris Anderson.

The 2017 Virginia Outdoors Festival is slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 9, at the White House Farm at 1917 Kauffmans Mill Rd., Luray.

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