2017-04-19 / Front Page

34th Annual National Mayhaw Events Were Winners in Every Way


Grand Marshal Gordon Richardson and former big league pitcher enjoying the National Mayhaw Parade on a near perfect day. Grand Marshal Gordon Richardson and former big league pitcher enjoying the National Mayhaw Parade on a near perfect day. The weather was perfect, with the events that started on Friday on the town square. The Mayhaw Festival began with entertainment from local community members, who we would put up against the best singers in the business. A big thank you to those who participated: Layklyn Burns, Lynleigh Kay Hall, BethAnne Hall, Laney Hall, Will Cobb, Rawls Grimsley, Shelby Lane, Josh Lane, Matthew Henley, Reagan Bellflower, and special guest cast members of Colquitt Miller Arts Council’s upcoming production of Footloose. Afterwards, a good crowd enjoyed music from The Mike English Band from Fort Gaines, Georgia. They had a great mixture of music to please the crowd!

Saturday kicked off with a 5K and One Mile Fun Run. Runners gathered at the Chamber of Commerce to get their day started with a walk or a run! As the day continued, the Miller County Volunteer Fire Department worked hard to line up our parade. Spectators enjoyed it and according to the participants, they had a great time too. The announcers Charles Thorne and city manager Cory Thomas welcomed spectators. There were over 100 parade units including several vintage cars and tractors and farm equipment lined up on Main Street. It was led by Colquitt Police Capt. Dan Stone and the chamber of commerce sponsor banner and the colors were carried by the Boy Scout Troup 700 from Donalsonville.


Parade starts with the Mayhaw banner carrying events sponsors. Parade starts with the Mayhaw banner carrying events sponsors. The grand marshal of the parade was Mr. Gordon Richardson. Mr. Richardson is a former American professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher who played in the Major Leagues from 1964–66 for the St. Louis Cardinals, where he made a substantial contribution to the National League and 1964 World Series champions. He also played for the New York Mets. We were honored that Mr. Gordon was able to participate this year as our grand marshal. The National Anthem was sung by local Miller County High School senior Sydney Thomas. The parade is always enhanced by many of our local and state politicians, area beauty queens, antique cars and farm equipment, school representatives, club organizations, many local and area businesses were represented with floats and units.


Inflatables were a hit with all the children. Inflatables were a hit with all the children. The local and area Shrine Clubs are always an asset to the parade with everything from Model Ts, racers, clowns, motorcycles and vehicles along with the beautiful horses and riders. The parade was finished up with the Colquitt and Miller County EMS and Volunteer Fire Department.

The festival was set up at Spring Creek Park. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor event, and most of the vendors has a good day. Visitors were also treated to the Mountain Dew Cloggers out of Tallahassee who performed in the Spring Creek Amphitheater. Chamber president, KaCee Holt said, “We had more vendors registered than the last couple of years, and we expanded our vendors down into the football field area. Hopefully as we build up the festival, we can include more each year.” There were plenty of food, drinks, merchandise, arts and crafts and most anything else at the festival.


The Bailey horses and riders end a great parade. The Bailey horses and riders end a great parade. There was much, much work done by many people to make such a successful 34th National Mayhaw Festival. Thank you to all who helped to make this a great event! We are already making plans for the 35th festival! We will have more information in next week’s paper with the all of the winners of each of our events, so keep an eye out!



Dr. Russ Henley gives the runners their final instructions for the Mayhaw Run early Saturday morning. The results will be in the next edition of the Liberal. Dr. Russ Henley gives the runners their final instructions for the Mayhaw Run early Saturday morning. The results will be in the next edition of the Liberal.

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