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Posted on: September 1, 2016

16-054 State Parks, FOSLS to host annual Fall Festival

OLYMPIA – Sept.1,  2016– Lake Sylvia State Park and the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia (FOSLS) invite the public to celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Seventh Annual Fall Festival at Lake Sylvia State Park near Montesano.

The Fall Festival runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano. (Directions:

The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast and continues with live music hosted by Ken and Christina Albert, food vendors and an art fair featuring photography, glass, textiles, jewelry, candles, artisan soaps, paintings and prints. Additional activities include guided mountain bike rides, kayak tours, ranger and history talks, kids’ games and camp cooking demonstrations by the Boy Scouts. 

Also taking place are a half-marathon and 10K and 5K trail runs. Participants may register for these activities at:  

Free shuttle service will be available all day between Simpson Elementary School, 519 Simpson Ave. W, Montesano and Lake Sylvia. (Directions to the school:  A Discover Pass is required for festival goers parking at the lake.

For more information about the event, contact Stet Palmer (360) 789-9953, info@FOSLS.orgor visit

About the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Park

Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks (FOSLS) was formed in 2009 as a non-profit corporation to partner with State Parks in the preservation, development and management of the two state parks. The organization has conducted work parties to renovate historic structures, cleaned up storm damage, partially funded construction of a new shelter and worked to get Schafer on the National Historic Register. More information on FOSLS can be found here:

About Lake Sylvia State Park

Lake Sylvia State Park is a quiet 233-acre camping park set in a wooded area outside of Montesano on 15,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. Fishing is a popular activity in the park, with plenty of access to the lake, including an ADA-accessible fishing dock and boat ramp. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. The park offers 5 miles of hiking trails as well as swimming, birdwatching and mountain biking. More information about the park is here:

 About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit


Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604

 Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388


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