PILOT MOUNTAIN — The town is busy preparing for the 36th annual Mayfest celebration coming up this weekend.
The festival features regional crafts and music, and is sponsored by the Pilot Mountain Civic Club. Carolyn Boles, vice president for the Pilot Mountain Civic Club, explained that the event was the biggest fundraiser of the year.
“The civic club helps the community,” stated Boles.
Boles explained that the club has a scholarship program in which they send several students to Surry Community College. In addition to, the civic club also helps pay hospital bills and insurance premiums, while also making donations to The Pilot Outreach program and Surry County Schools.
“If there is a need in the community the civic club is willing to help,” added Boles.
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon Main Street and Depot Street will be blocked off, closed to traffic for the weekend to accommodated the nearly 30,000 pedestrians expected in town.
The festival officially begins at noon on Friday, May 12. The opening ceremony will take place beside Town Hall in the parking lot. Mayor Dwight Atkins and a Civic Club representative will make opening remarks.
Following, First United Methodist Church Preschool will perform. “These kids make the ceremony great, they are so cute,” stated Boles.
East Surry High School Band will make the Presentation of Colors along with the National Anthem. In closing, Pilot Mountain Middle School Chorus will perform.
This year more than 130 craft and retails vendors are scheduled to line the streets. “There’s really something for everyone,” claimed Boles. “We have several first time vendors as well, “said Boles. She said one vendor will be demonstrating wood working, something she says has never been done before at the festival.
Returning this year are nearly a dozen food vendors setting up on Depot Street to satisfy one’s hunger. Among the vendors, barbecue sandwiches will be offered, ice cream, candy cotton and candied apples.
In years past a carnival has set up in the parking lot across from The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar, however that will no be carnival this year according to Boles.
“We had some complaints in the past about the carnival,” explained Boles.
This year three bouncy houses will take the place of the carnival.
Live entertainment will be held throughout the weekend at the bandstand set up in Town Hall’s parking lot.
Entertainer’s included on the line up are Cranford Creek Bluegrass, Tina Smith, Sunrise Shadow, Brianna Atwell, Amity Drive, Steve Marshall and High Road, Dlaneous, among others.
Sunday morning a worship service will take place at 9:30 a.m., followed by contemporary Christian and gospel music beginning at noon.
A full list of the Mayfest Stage Schedule can be picked up at Town Hall, First Citizens Bank in Pilot Mountain as well as Mount Airy’s Chamber of Commerce.
“We look forward to another great event and great year of festivities,” said Boles.
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