Blytheville 'Mayfest,' fun and cost effective with volunteer help

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - 'Mayfest', an annual community event in Blytheville kicks off Friday.


After nine months of planning, the 33rd annual event comes at no cost to the city, instead racking up more than 350 hours of work from volunteers across the community. 


Main Street Blytheville Executive Director Megan Atzert said the event budget is about $10,000.


"We'll use probably about 50 volunteers (Saturday),"  she said. "Volunteers are going to make sure everything goes smoothly (Saturday). We'll have at least two volunteers on each corner as well as people will be selling drinks for us. They'll all be volunteers. Anyone you really see that's not behind a booth Saturday is going to be a volunteer."


As many as 6,000 people are expected to take over Main Street from 1st to 5th Street for the "Peace and Love" themed event.

MiChele Green will perform at the Dixie Line Park from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Main Street Blytheville will be serving food and hosting an Ice Cream Sundae Station through the night.

 The Fishing Derby will kick off Saturday's festivities, followed by a flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. The vendors and children's blocks will open at 9 a.m.

Mayfest will end at 3 p.m. and Memphis band Jeffery and the Pacemakers will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 There will be two children's blocks, the Classic Car Club, and The Odyssey of the Mind Dunking Booth. Children's activities cost a flat rate of $5. 

 There will be Gospel music performance from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, organized by Mike Welch of the Baptist Association. The 2013 headliner is Guy Penrod, who traveled with the Gaither Brothers. Penrod will be on stage from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 The Humane Society Dog Show will be setup in the courtyard area beside Downtown Tanning. 

 For more information contact Megan Atzert at (870) 763-2525. 

Mayfest 2013


7 p.m. - 10 p.m.    MiChele Green:


9 a.m.                     Opening Ceremony:

9:10-9:40               The New Mission Trio

9:50-10:25             True Gospel Wright Singers

10:35-11:05           Deep River

11 a.m.                   NEA Pageant girls perform in Pocket Park

11:15-11:50           The Barnett's

12 p.m.                    Dog Show Registration Begins

12:00-12:45.           Rhonda Gunn

1 p.m.                       Dog Show Begins

1:00-3:00                 Guy Penrod 

3 p.m.                       Mayfest Ends

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.      Mayfest Afterhours- Jeffery and the Pacemakers

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