PILOT MOUNTAIN — A rain storm or two kept folks wary during the 38th annual Mayfest over Mother’s Day weekend.
But they didn’t stop folks from turning out for the annual festival.
Though the clouds parted late Friday afternoon, and the sun prevailed for the remainder of the event, weather was the topic of the weekend for vendors and event goers with storms threatened the event shortly after the opening ceremony, forcing many vendors to close their booths.
However talk along the street was just how beautiful the weather had turned out once those storms passed.
Nancy Lineback, co-owner of Purple Rose Crafts, explained due to weather on Friday afternoon they had to close their booth. “It was hard for us to cover and un-cover, just to cover everything back up again.”
“We can’t afford to lose all of our crafts because of the rain,” said Lineback.
Lineback and her daughter, Leigh Ann Watson, have been setting up as a vendor for Mayfest for more than five years explained Lineback. “The weather is just something you can’t help.” The duo spend Mother’s Day weekend together each year at Mayfest. “We love it,” stated Lineback.
Lineback explained the weather doesn’t deter her as she expects the weather to be rocky, as it has been every year prior, according to Lineback. “We don’t mind, it’s just Mother Nature.”
Mary Meijboom, a member of the Pilot Mountain Civic Club and organizer for Mayfest, explained how much she believes Mayfest does for the town of Pilot Mountain and the people who live within. “Mayfest is really something that benefits the community as a whole,” stated Meijboom.
Meijboom felt as though the event is so successful every year due to the returning vendors and those who come to shop with their mothers. “My daughter and I shopped all three days, it’s such a good show every year,” explained Meijboom.
Each year Meijboom explains she tends to see the same vendors, with a few new vendors each year as the event grows. “It really brings a lot of exposure to Pilot Mountain,” explain Meijboom.
The weather however, was something Meijboom felt was better this year in comparison to year’s past. “We have a great turn-out every year, regardless.”
Evan Cockerham, town commissioners, was able to attend the event, along with helping to set up vendor booths and tear down.
“Mayfest is always a great time to showcase Pilot Mountain as a destination for visitors from all around,” stated Cockerham. “I’m thankful for all of the work by the Pilot Mountain Civic Club to make this event a success year after year.”
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