2011-04-20 / Front Page

28th Mayhaw Festival was nearly perfect

by MCL staff writer

Grand Marshal, Luther Clearman, one of Colquitt’s best citizens Grand Marshal, Luther Clearman, one of Colquitt’s best citizens The 28th National Mayhaw Parade and Festival turned out to be one of the very best. It really didn’t start that way Friday, as storms again came out of the east toward Georgia. The forecast was rain Friday night with more rain and thunderstorms predicted for Saturday. The weather was a bit cloudy and cool for the season.

The Friday night crowd was a bit sparse as Danny Lee Whittle entertained 200-300 hardy souls who braved the threat of rain. Those who came had fun listening to the singing of gospel, country and karaoke. There was dancing in the street; the children played on the courthouse yard, and the hungry enjoyed barbecue nearby. The rains and winds didn’t come, and a good time was had by all who came.

On Saturday morning a good crowd of runners and walkers showed up at Colquitt Bellview Church to sign in for the 5K Mayhaw Run and the Fun Walk and Run.

National Mayhaw queens are always a hit! National Mayhaw queens are always a hit! Even with the threat of rain and thunderstorms, the crowds started gathering on Main Street for the 50 unit Mayhaw Parade.

Emcee Charles Thorne asked the Rev. Kent Barwick to open with prayer, and Lindsey Fulghum sang the National Anthem.

At 10:00 AM, the parade started up Main Street. There were floats full of pretty queens, scouts, bands, tractors, race cars, trains, dancers, singers, politicians, clowns, horses, and you name it! It was a great parade.

Serving as grand marshal of the 28th Annual Mayhaw Festival Parade was former mayor of Colquitt, Mr. Luther Clearman. Mr. Clearman was born in Houston County, Alabama, and graduated from Dothan High School. He attended Auburn University and served two and a half years in the United States Army Medical Corps during World War II.

In 1952, Mr. Clearman started a business in Miller County and married Barbara Chambers of Colquitt. He and Miss Barbara have two children, Luke Clearman (married to Patricia) and Lynn Clearman Johnson (married to Reese). Mr. Luther has one granddaughter, Lindsey Clearman Houston ( married to Israel) and two greatgranddaughters, Anna Kate and Hallie Brooke Houston.

Mr. Luther Clearman was first elected to serve on the Colquitt City Council in 1980 and served 12 years. In 1992, he was elected mayor of Colquitt and served 12 years as Colquitt’s mayor. He has been a member of the Colquitt Lions Club for over 50 years and serves as secretary; he is a member of the Colquitt United Methodist Church and a Bainbridge College Ambassador. He serves on the Executive Board and has been a member of the Southwest Georgia Regional Development Commission since the 1980s. Mr. Clearman is a member and vice president of Golden Triangle RC&D. He is a lifetime member of Ag Alumni, a member of City Planning Commission, member of the Ethics Commission for the City, and a past member of the Miller County Board of Health. He also finds time to volunteer at the Agape Store.

Although Mr. Luther, a lifetime member of the Colquitt Miller Chamber of Commerce, is retired, he is still very active in our community, and we thank him for all of his hard work and dedication to Colquitt.

The winds and rains did not come, thank the Lord. No one could have ordered a better day for the parade and festival.

A large crowd walked, drove and rode the carts down to Spring Creek Park.

The food and merchandise vendors were busy most of the day and had a good day.

The ball field was full of rides and entertainment for the kids, and the pavilion kept the adults entertained with a gospel group, “The Bradys” from Dothan, Alabama, along with some of the best local talent in the area.

The sponsors and many, many volunteers are responsible for the National Mayhaw Festival being an event that is so much fun and such a success.

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