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The Annual Smithville Mayfest


Mayfest at Historical Smithville offers an abundance of family fun.  There are more than 100 juried crafters and vendors, an international food court, children’s activities, nonprofit organizations and live entertainment.  The Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, from 10am to 5pm, however I have a little inside information for you: arrive by 9:30 and the crafters are ready to go, so crowds are smaller and you can experience a one on one with the vendors, not to mention, you can see everything!

Feeling a little hungry?  Stroll on over to the international food court where you can find just about anything to satisfy your taste.  Starting off with a dozen steamed clams was an easy decision, but do I want pulled pork, shrimp kabobs, scallop kabobs or an angus burger with a side of Butterfly fries?  So many vendors to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision. However, I know what dessert will be: I am heading right over to the funnel cake. Insider tip:  Take your lunch break around 11:00 or 11:30, no lines, step right up and order right away.  If you want to do a little people watching while you eat, your choice of picnic tables are available for seating

Are you ready for a little fun? Head on over to the paddle boats where you can take your time gliding across the lake at your leisure. Not to mention that paddle boats are great exercise! The children might want to burn off some of their lunch as well as they head for the bounce houses scattered throughout the Village. Don’t forget the train ride, a great way to see all the shops in the Village Greene as you plot your next move.  Shopping!

As if all the crafters and vendors are not enough, Smithville offers unique shopping. I think I might head over to the Candle Shoppe, the Christmas Shoppe, FantaSea Treasures, or Razzle Dazzle. I guess I’ll have to visit all 60 of them, just too hard to pick and choose.

Mayfest certainly offers a fun filled day. The festivities are starting to wind down, the crowds are getting a little thinner and the musicians are packing up their equipment as I head for the shuttle buses. What a great idea to have parking at a large shopping area just minutes away and offer free shuttle service to all attendees. As I sit on the bus with all my found treasures on my lap, it dawns on me: I can come back tomorrow.

As many as12,000 people visit Mayfest each day, so you might want to consider staying right on the festival grounds at the Colonial Inn.  You’ll be guaranteed a quiet retreat, a short trip to rest after a fun filled day and best of all, no long lines to use the bathrooms.
 
Mayfest is scheduled for May 18 & 19, 2013
Hours are 9:00 to 5:00 each day


Free Shuttle runs from 9:30 – 5:30 each day
Departs from the Smithville Shopping Center located on Moss Mill