Mayfest planning continues

Published 4:21 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Planning for Mayfest 2012 is underway.

Mayfest is under a month away, but the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce continues to plan to make Atmore’s spring festival its best yet.

The event, which has been held for more than 30 years, will be held Saturday, May 5 and will feature something for everyone that attends Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Vickery said.

With the planning stages nearing a close, Vickery said the entertainment has been the most successful area for sign ups.

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“It’s going well,” she said. “After 30-plus years, things just fall into place. We still have some spots for our entertainment slots right now, but we do have several acts signed up including Shane Harrell and Twirl Time. We are still looking for some arts and crafts vendors, but we anticipate to have several of those at Mayfest.”

Entertainment is not the only thing being boasted at this year’s event.

Along with the twirlers and local musicians, Mayfest is also bringing back popular contests for pet owners and parents as well as children’s activities, Vickery said.

“We are going to have five bounce houses, the dunking booth, pony rides and the train ready for the children to have a good time with,” she said. “We will also hold the 3rd annual Pooch Parade and that will be followed by the popular Beautiful Baby Contest.”

The impressive draw of the event has been seen by the return of vendors along with enthusiastic phone calls, Vickery said.

“We keep adding new things each year, so popularity keeps rising,” she said. “We have had several vendors call and say it’s their favorite festival. They’ve been coming the last couple of years from Fairhope, but they like coming to Mayfest the most.”

As Mayfest draws near, getting the most out of the event is what Vickery wants.

Enjoyment and clear weather will be what impacts the success of Mayfest, she said.

“A success,” she said. “I want happiness and good weather. I never stress about the weather because it’s out of my control, but I keep an eye on it with The Weather Channel being able to look seven days out. I never worry, but I don’t want it because this is a fundraiser for the Chamber, so it’s important that we have a good event.”

To get involved with this year’s Mayfest event calls may be directed to the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce at (251) 368-3305.