2009-04-22 / Front Page

26th National Mayhaw Festival was fun

by MCL staffwriter

The 2008-2009 National Mayhaw Festival Queens are looking good, as always.
If you missed any or all of the 26th National Mayhaw Festival last Friday and Saturday, you missed one fun time and one great festival!

Even though the morning started off with a chill in the air, by mid-day the sun was shining bright, and the temperature was nearly perfect for the day's festivities.

The weekend celebration began Friday morning with the bake sale. Some of the best homemade goodies were on sale for you to purchase, and they all looked scrumptious. Burnell Grant and his crew were cooking his usual mouth-watering barbecue throughout the day and into the night.

At 6:00 p.m., the entertainment kicked off on the north side of the square with Karen Searcy and Miss National Mayhaw Hannah Manry performing. Other entertainment included demonstrations by Nolen's School of Karate. Then at 8:00 p.m., the street dance got underway with Ronnie Robinson and the Legends. Fun, food and fellowship were enjoyed by the crowd until 10:00 p.m.

Some of the "older" women still look good, can't say the same for the men.
Then early Saturday morning, the foot race got underway at Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church as well as the fun run and one mile run. "It is perfect weather for the run," quoted one of the participants in the 5K run.

At 10:00 a.m. the parade made its way up Main Street. Serving as the grand marshals for the parade were the State Senator John Bulloch, Congressman Sanford Bishop and State Representative Gerald Greene. There were also clowns, bands, beautiful girls, horses, trains, tractors, old cars, motorcycles, floats, politicians, queens, law officers, firemen, scooters, four-wheelers, fire trucks and much, much more on hand for the parade.

After the great parade, thousands walked or rode to beautiful Spring Creek Park where arts and crafts and food vendors awaited them.

The entertainment in the park amphitheater by Shane Owens was as good or better than any concert that you'll pay big money for. There was music for everyone, and the performers were professional plus.

I wish everyone was having as much fun as we are.
Along with Owens, the Miller County Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Holly Thomas did an excellent job in entertaining the crowd.

Also entertaining were Tiny Miss Mayhaw, Ellaina Phillips, Little Miss Mayhaw, Harley Shiver; and Junior Miss Mayhaw, McKenna Locke.

The First Baptist Church Acts Drama Team also did an outstanding job in performing.

Another event new to the festival this year that drew a crowd was the first Strong Man Contest. Locals Brad Bell, Anthony Cobb and other participated in this fun event as well as several young men from five area schools. (See results on page 9). They participated in a tractor tire flip contest, peanut bag loading contest, truck pull contest and an agility course. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed this part of the festival and hope next year will draw an even bigger crowd.

However, this is not all done overnight. Hundreds of volunteers, which Colquitt is known for, and the sponsors who put up the funds make this national festival so successful.

Don't take the sponsors and volunteers of an event like this for granted. None of them have to do it.

They all do it because they love this community and love to see people enjoy themselves here.

If you see a volunteer or one of the sponsors, stop and thank them for having one of the best festivals and events in this area.

Return to top