The fourth annual Lake Sylvia Fall Festival and Art Walk in the Woods will take place Saturday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year, the festival coincides with the 100th anniversary celebration of Washington State Parks.
The festival — sponsored by the Friends of Schafer Lake and Lake Sylvia, kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., which runs until 11 a.m. Pancake breakfast is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children under 12 years of age.
That should allow for plenty of carb loading for participants in the off-road duathlon/triathlon or (the new) off-road half-marathon at 9 a.m. The festival features individual and team triathlons and a duathlon for those ages 13 years and older. Kids 12 years and younger may participate in the mini individual triathlon at 11 a.m. Registration fee is required for participation. Participants may register in advance by visiting www.active.com. There will also be a kayak and canoe sprint race this year.
For those seeking a more leisurely pace, there will be music, kids games, races, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, history displays spread throughout the park.
Arts and crafts booths are scattered throughout the park’s tall trees, thus the name Art Walk in the Woods.
There will also be nature art for kids, a plant-identification walk and cooking demonstrations by local Boy Scouts.
For those wishing to park on-site, you must possess a state parks Discover Pass for admission. Shuttle service will be available free of charge from the Simpson Elementary School parking lot, where parking is also free.
Festival T-shirts will be available for $10. According to organizers, the first festival brought in about 300 people and it has continued to grow each year, attracting almost 1,000 last year.
The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks strive to support, promote and ensure the perpetual operation of Schafer and Lake Sylvia state parks. The friends group raises funds and in-kind donations for the support of these two state parks, through events such as the Fall Festival at Lake Sylvia, the Yule Log Celebration at Schafer and year-round volunteer efforts.
More information is online at www.discoverlakesylvia.tk