Good weather, crowds highlight Mayfest

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mayfest organizers said the annual festival went well on Saturday at Tom Byrne Park.

Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Vickery said the weather was wonderful and the event took care of itself.

“It went real well,” Vickery said. “It looked like a great crowd.”

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Vickery said she thinks more than 3,500 attended the festival.

“Some say the crowd was a little smaller, and some said it was a little larger,” she said. “I think all of the vendors were happy.”

Vickery said the people who were in charge of the children’s activities said it went well.

Compared to last year, Vickery said the event seems to draw larger and larger crowds.

Vickery said a lot of the 72 vendors at the event were from the area, which helps people spend money here in Atmore.

“It has to bring money to the city,” she said. “They’re going to find a way to get the money there.”

To start off Mayfest, a 5K race was held to help raise funds for the Ignite Student Ministry of Grace Fellowship Church.

Race Coordinatory Jonathan McMath said the race went phenomenal.

“We had a great turnout,” McMath said. “We ended up having 140 runners, which ended up breaking the record last year as the largest race in the community.”

McMath said the race helped raise approximately $4,800 for the ministry.

Because it was such a success, McMath said he was tapped to head up the 5K race for Williams Station Day this year.

Jackson Bonner was the overall male winner, running the race in 20 minutes, 5 seconds. Elia Morales was the overall female winner, running the race in 21:56.


Beautiful Baby Contest Winners


• Girls 3 months to 1 year old

Second runner up, Kennedy-Reese O’Barr

Winner, Emeri McGhee

• Boys 3 months to 1 year old

Second runner up, Gerard Benauer

Winner, Cade Jackson Hinote

• Girls 1 year old

Second runner up, Kentleigh Phillips

Winner, Alita Marie Wiggins

• Boy 1 year old

Winner, Cohen Bell

• Girls 2 year old

Second place, WillieBeatrice Presley

Winner, Natalie Bell

• Boy 2 year old

Winner, Hunt Murphy

• Girl 3 year old

Second place, Molly Brown

Winner, Jayla Raye Mitchell


Here are the winners of the 5K by age category. Winners are listed first, then age category and finishing time.



• Jasmine Zisa, 9 and under, 36:47

• Katelyn Harrison, 10-14, 28:41

• Mariah McGahan, 15-19, 24:55

• Jordan Herst, 20-24, 28:15

• Amber Miller, 25-29, 25:54

• Elia Morales, 30-39, 21:56

• Renee Crawford, 40-49, 27:28

• Martha Stewart, 50-59, 28:44

• Linda Lowrey, 60-69, 43:58

• Goldie Huber, 70+, 55:16



• Cooper Turner, 9 and under, 28:41

• Drew Shelly, 10-14, 24:07

• Jackson Bonner, 15-19, 20:05

• Ben Nott, 20-24, 23:04

• Shane Hadley, 25-29, 25:13

• Ross Parham, 30-39, 20:50

• Don Metzler, 40-49, 21:56

• Jeff White, 50-59, 24:21

• Bert Rice, 60-69, 25:31


Pooch Parade

Pepper, owned by Sharyn Wilson, won first place in the annual pooch parade.

Honey, owned by Rebecca Oglesby, finished in second place.

Maggie, owned by Amanda Moye, won best costume.