Fate of Luray's Festival of Spring Unknown

By: Carly Stephenson Email
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LURAY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Annual Festival of Spring in Luray could soon be out of the hands of the Luray Downtown Initiative due to lack of funding.

Jim Sims, a LDI board member and manager of the Mimslyn Inn, said the Luray's Parks and Recreation Department may operate the festival this year on its own.

The festival brings a lot of business to Downtown Luray with thousands of people stopping in to dine and eat.

Sims said LDI will be focusing more on bringing businesses and storefronts to downtown.

Parks and rec has always helped with the event.

John Robbins, with the Luray Page County Chamber of Commerce, said, "there is a funding concern and the status of the event could be in question."

Another LDI board member said their funding was cut by the town, so now they are in need of funds to cover the event.

Board members will discuss options with the town at a meeting Thursday.

As of now, no decision has been made.

Sims said the event itself brings in a lot of business.

"It's the same weekend as the JMU graduation, so there's a lot of activity in the Valley, so it literally fills all the hotel rooms in the area including the Mimslyn Inn," said Sims.

The date on the LDI website is May 14; however, the festival will actually be Saturday, May 10.

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