2015-04-15 / Front Page

It’s National Mayhaw Festival Time

32nd Annual Mayhaw Festival this weekend
By MCL staff writer

Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges will serve as the Grand Marshal of the National Mayhaw Parade. Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges will serve as the Grand Marshal of the National Mayhaw Parade. Colquitt is the place you will want to be Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, as we celebrate the 32nd National Mayhaw Festival. Plans have been in the making for the National Mayhaw Festival and Parade since last year’s event finished up, and great things are happening daily to make this a great one.

KaCee Holt, Colquitt/ Miller County Chamber of Commerce president, commented, “We are hoping for one of the best festivals yet and are sure you’ll enjoy the two day event.”

Festivities started this past Saturday with our Mayhaw Century Bike Ride, and will continue with the Mayhaw Tennis Tournament on Thursday, April 16th and continue through Saturday, April 18th. This event will be held at the tennis courts at Spring Creek Park.

The festival fun begins Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. on the town square. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with music and dancing. A new addition to the festival this year will be new and vintage car show with a variety of cars on display on the South and East sides of the square. The entertainment will begin at 6:30 with the Mt. Zion Young Adult Gospel Choir, followed by the Southtown Band beginning at 8:00 p.m. A good mixture to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Last year’s Mayhaw float was adorned with pretty queens. Last year’s Mayhaw float was adorned with pretty queens. Saturday, April 18th, you can kick off your Mayhaw Festival morn- ing with the 5K and One Mile Run. This gets underway at 8:00 a.m. at the Colquitt-Miller County Chamber of Commerce. This year we are excited to be hosting the first Mayhaw Festival Softball Tournament that will include as many as 10 teams from this area. The first game will start at 8:30 am and will continue throughout the day.

Main Street should be lined up by 10:00 am to watch the National Mayhaw Parade. The Parade will start on East Main Street, travel through the town square down Main Street, turn right on West St, turn right on Pine Street, and end at Colquitt First Baptist Church.

Marlin Gibson will sure to please the crowd once again this year with his model tractors. Marlin Gibson will sure to please the crowd once again this year with his model tractors. The grand marshal of the 2015 Mayhaw Festival is Miss Georgia, Maggie Bridges. Maggie will also be singing the National Anthem for the crowd and be visiting with guests for autographs and photos with this beautiful lady for a little while at the festival!

After the parade, you will want to head on down to Spring Creek Park for Saturday in the Park. This year’s festival will feature lots of children’s activities including the mega slide, obstacle course with jump section, children’s train, and face painting. There will be many arts and craft vendors, and lots of wonderful food will be available for you to enjoy. Be sure to visit the Chamber of Commerce booth for your festival t-shirt!

The featured entertainers at Spring Creek Park will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Sundowner Motel followed by EggWater Palace at 2:00 p.m.. Egg- Water Palace is led by Tanner Strickland who is a former offensive lineman for the University of Georgia. This will all take place at the amphitheater.

There will be a number of class reunions taking place over Mayhaw weekend, so plan to see folks that you may not have seen for the past 30-40-50 or more years. Many of the classes plan to meet on the square Friday evening and go to the Cotton Hall musical stage play, 9 to 5, over the weekend.

“ We hope that your weekend plans include Friday on the Square and Saturday at the Park,” said Holt.

The merchants, restaurants, businesses and all of Colquitt are ready to make this a memorable weekend of good times. Colquitt, and hundreds of volunteers are ready to welcome our guests and our local citizens to this 32nd National Mayhaw Festival, and make your visit lots of fun.

The month will finish off with our Mayhaw Classic Golf Tournament on April 24th at Crooked Oak Golf Club. This will conclude the Mayhaw month in Colquitt!

There will be hundreds of photos taken of the events and the people of the weekend, and those that don’t make the printed edition of the newspaper will be on our dotphoto section of our webpage at <millercountyliberal.com>

Colquitt is the place you want to be this Friday and Saturday as we host the 32nd Annual National Mayhaw Festival.

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