Mayfest Saved: 2010 Festival Set for Trinity Park

by Joy Donovan on August 30, 2009

What was to be the 37th annual Mayfest was canceled abruptly this year, but event organizers are looking toward another festival in 2010.

What was to be the 37th annual Mayfest was canceled abruptly this year, but event organizers are looking toward another festival in 2010.

Mayfest, the long-running Fort Worth tradition, will return in 2010, even after its unexpected cancellation this year threatened its future.

Mayfest, Inc. recently announced the return of the outdoor festival, scheduled for April 29 through May 2, 2010 over 33 acres in Trinity Park, along the banks of the Trinity River.

The 2009 festival 2009 was just hours from opening when the City of Fort Worth canceled because of a threat of swine flu epidemic. The unexpected cancellation forced Mayfest, Inc. into financial turmoil, leaving the festival’s future uncertain. A summer concert fundraiser also did not garner necessary funds to alleviate Mayfest’s finanical problems, according to Shannon Baumgardner, the event’s marketing manager.

Since the closing, though, many festival vendors volunteered to reduce or relieve their invoices in an effort to aid the festival. This, along with an operating reserve, has resulted in organizers decided the 2010 festival can be scheduled.

Elizabeth Basham, the festival’s executive director, is cautiously optimistic for the future of Mayfest beyond 2010. Fundraising efforts are underway, including the “1000/100/100 Campaign,” asking 1,000 people to donate $100 in 100 days to raise $100,000. The money will be used for Mayfest’s operating fund.

Mayfest’s profits, $5.8 million to date, are distributed to founding partners in the greater Fort Worth area. Donations may be sent to the Mayfest, Inc. office located at 255 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107 or online at www.mayfest.org. All donations are tax deductible, and Mayfest, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

For more information on Mayfest’s fundraising campaign, check to http://www.mayfest.orgor call 817-332-1055.

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