Celebrate The Launch Of The Thurston Bountiful Byway
The Thurston Bountiful Byway is finally here to lead you on a path to some of the county’s finest farms, wineries, and historic attractions. On Monday, October 13, you’re invited to join the founders of the Byway to celebrate its launch at the Schilter Family Farm.
The Bountiful Byway runs through the heart of Thurston County’s most picturesque rural and agricultural lands. The scenic route promotes agricultural tourism, or agritourism, in the rural parts of the county. The byway starts in the Nisqually Valley, stretches south to the city of Yelm and west to the Capital Forest before ending at the intersection of Mud Bay and Delphi Road.
Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero lead the development of the Bountiful Byway in collaboration with several community partners including local farmers and business owners, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, Thurston County WSU Extension, and the Thurston Regional Planning Council. Romero stated, “Between 1950 and 2008, Thurston County lost over 90,000 acres of farmland to urbanization. Our community is rapidly losing this vital part of our history, culture, and economy, and we recognized a need to do something to help save it. The byway will serve as the tourism backbone of the county; creating a new market for agritourism businesses and increasing traffic to rural Thurston County.”
Along the way, you can explore dozens of special stops and activities including creameries, nurseries, wineries, historic sites, and even a sculpture garden. Pick a day and stop at as many attractions as time allows!
For more information about the byway please visit www.ThurstonBountifulByway.com.
WHAT: Thurston County Bountiful Byway Celebration—free and open to the public
WHEN: Monday, October 13, 3:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Schilter Family Farm
141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE
Olympia, WA 98513
October 8, 2014