August 08-110, 2019
The FAB Festival is our big annual party where we really like to spoil ourselves in the woods. While the term festival usually implies rides, vendors, and pink cotton candy, this is not that kind of festival, maybe someday. For now, our Festival is a large gathering of people that just like camping on the Shenandoah. Every year our gay camping group enjoys friends, rafting, swimming, and every year our group gets a little bigger.
The FAB Festival is held on a working cattle farm. People with a fear of cows would not have a good weekend. The farm has 11 campsites spaced far apart along a 1.5-mile bend in the river. Each campsite is very private. During the Festival weekend, we are not the only group on the farm.
Every summer, Out Camping has ten or more planned camping trips and the annual FAB Festival. We always camp riverside, on a private farm, located 10 miles South of Front Royal, VA. The farm has the ultimate campsite with its own mini-waterfall (The Ledge). The Shenandoah river water is warm (75 - 85 degrees) and clean. If you like fishing, do not forget to bring your pole. If you like a casual float down the river, remember to bring a tube or other floating device. Something with a cup holder is always nice. It is a great place to meet other gay men and women and make lifetime friends. As long as you're GLBT friendly, you are welcome to sign-up for the Festival and join our group.
The Festival weekend starts on Friday (Thursday night optional) with an all day tent pitching party and campsite setup. The best spot for setting up your tent is along the shoreline. The earlier you arrive, the better the campsite you can have. This is not a KOA type campground. No Showers are Available! Clean outhouse bathrooms are the only facilities. You will need to bring your own food, water, soft drinks, and adult libation of your choice. Grills for cooking and great entertainment will be provided all weekend long. Afternoon activities will include, sunbathing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, volleyball, fishing, drinking, dancing, or just reading a book. The weekend is yours to enjoy. Come join us on the river!
In previous years, all other campsites have been reserved by other non-gay groups and families. The FAB Festival is a planned camping date with the farm owner at the very beginning of the season for campsites #9 through #11. You must have a free RSVP on our Meetup group to attend the FAB Festival. FAB Tickets and Scheduled Camping Reservations are easy; any GLBT friendly person can sign-up!