Efforts Launched to Save Annual Festival

by Joy Donovan on June 27, 2009

This photo from 2008 shows what Mayfest could have been if not canceled this year because of the threat of an outbreak of swine flu.

This photo from 2008 shows what Mayfest could have been if not canceled this year because of the threat of an outbreak of swine flu.

The masses have spoken, and they say, “Save Mayfest.”

The spring festival, held annually along the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, was canceled this year because of the threat of a swine flu outbreak. The 11th-hour cancellation left the organizers holding the bag with debts large enough to threaten the 37-year-old festival’s future.

One idea for rescuing Mayfest came from an email written by Kelly Reeves, a longtime supporter of the festival. As a result, Mayfest, Inc. is searching for 1,000 people to donate $100 each in 100 days.

Reeves’ email reads, “If just 1000 people donated $100.000 we can HELP SAVE MAYFEST. I know if we had been at Mayfest this year I would have easily spent that money on bounce houses, knick knacks, great food.”

Donations to SAVE MAYFEST can be mailed to Mayfest, Inc., 255 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth 76107 or made online at www.mayfest.org. Donations are tax-deductible because Mayfest, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

In another fundrasing effort, a benefit concert, also named SAVE MAYFEST, has been announced for noon to 10:30 p.m. July 12 at LaGrave Field, Fort Worth. Scheduled to perform are Reckless Kelly, Micky and Motorcars, Crossroads, 281 South and Clay Jarvis Band.

Tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12 years of age. Children under 5 will be admitted free. Open seating will be available, but attendees also may bring blankets and lawn chairs. Parking will cost $5.

Fort Worth’s oldest family festival, Mayfest is organized by Mayfest, Inc. and annually draws more than 200,000 people. The four-day festival was canceled just three hours before it was scheduled to open April 30th in an effort to prevent an epidemic of swine flu.  For more information, check www.mayfest.org.

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One Response to “Efforts Launched to Save Annual Festival”

  1. Yakami

    Are they crazy? 1000 people times 100.00. LOL


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