Mayfest offers hot time in Pilot Mountain


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Samuel Kiser, 5, enjoys his seat in the conductor’s chair on this colorful train ride during Saturday’s Mayfest celebration in Pilot Mountain.


Darlene Layell of Advance helps Eden Vickers of Tobaccoville shop for jewelry. Layell’s booth featured an assortment of handmade jewelry.


Five-year-old Hallie Hunter and her 2-year-old brother, Graham, pose for a picture while enjoying a cool lemonade during the hot mid-afternoon sun Saturday at Mayfest in Pilot Mountain.


Mayfest patrons found a way to get out of the sun while continuing to shop in The Pink Boutique. The mobile boutique invited shoppers like Becky Timmons to come in from the heat and browse.


As has often been the case, the weather seemed to tell the story the 37th annual Mayfest celebration held in Pilot Mountain over the weekend.

Stormy weather on Friday evening caused a slow start for many vendors. As the weekend wore on, prospects improved as rain clouds gave way to sunny skies and near summer temperatures. Patrons began to make their way out early Saturday morning and the crowds built slowly during the heat of midday. As evening approached and the streets cooled, however, a good turnout of those seeking conversation, unusual items and a good deal filled the downtown area.

“It was hot,” noted Scott Needham, Mayfest chairman for the sponsoring Pilot Mountain Civic Club. “That had an effect on turnout. This was one of the hottest Mayfests we’ve had in awhile. But Saturday was a good day and there was a nice atmosphere downtown.”

A sampling of vendors provided an assortment of positive comments, reflecting on the town and its people as well as festival organizers.

“It’s been great,” said Trish Badgett of Pinnacle, owner of Bunny and The Elephant. The booth featured a variety of hand tie-dyed tapestries, t-shirts and other items. “I’ve had lots of shoppers and seen lots of family and friends.”

“We’ve enjoyed being here,” said Tamera Wilson of Thurman. Her booth, Carolina Kudzu Crazy, featured jellies, syrups and other treats, all made with the Kudzu plant. “People have been friendly and eager to try something new. And they’ve been surprised when they find out we’re using Kudzu.”

“We had a good group of vendors this year,” Needham said. “The people I talked with said they liked the vendors and their offerings and our vendors seemed to do well, especially our food vendors. People were buying a lot of food.”

“Our children’s rides also went well,” Needham continued. “The people that provided them were pleased and I was pleased with them.”

“This is a huge event for the civic club, and we’re thankful for a good weekend,” he said. “Our volunteers worked hard to pull this together and that is so important to all the efforts that we’re able to support in our community.”

Samuel Kiser, 5, enjoys his seat in the conductor’s chair on this colorful train ride during Saturday’s Mayfest celebration in Pilot Mountain.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC07522.jpgSamuel Kiser, 5, enjoys his seat in the conductor’s chair on this colorful train ride during Saturday’s Mayfest celebration in Pilot Mountain.

Darlene Layell of Advance helps Eden Vickers of Tobaccoville shop for jewelry. Layell’s booth featured an assortment of handmade jewelry.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC07509.jpgDarlene Layell of Advance helps Eden Vickers of Tobaccoville shop for jewelry. Layell’s booth featured an assortment of handmade jewelry.

Five-year-old Hallie Hunter and her 2-year-old brother, Graham, pose for a picture while enjoying a cool lemonade during the hot mid-afternoon sun Saturday at Mayfest in Pilot Mountain.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC07514.jpgFive-year-old Hallie Hunter and her 2-year-old brother, Graham, pose for a picture while enjoying a cool lemonade during the hot mid-afternoon sun Saturday at Mayfest in Pilot Mountain.

Mayfest patrons found a way to get out of the sun while continuing to shop in The Pink Boutique. The mobile boutique invited shoppers like Becky Timmons to come in from the heat and browse.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC07521.jpgMayfest patrons found a way to get out of the sun while continuing to shop in The Pink Boutique. The mobile boutique invited shoppers like Becky Timmons to come in from the heat and browse.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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