PILOT MOUNTAIN — The 31st annual Mayfest got off to a great start yesterday as Mayor Earl Sheppard welcomed the crowd that was on hand for the opening ceremony at noon.
“We’ve got great weather and we’ve already got a great crowd. It’s always fun to have this. The civic club does a great job. We are completely full this year. Everybody worked hard to make this happen,” said Sheppard.
Town Manager Homer Dearmin said he was pleased with how well this year’s Mayfest came together. Dearmin is also president of the Pilot Mountain Civic Club that organizes the event every year.
“Everything is going well. We’ve got a great group of volunteers that are making things run smoothly. We’ve got a good crowd. We are looking forward to a great event this year,” said Dearmin.
There are 130 craft vendors and 10 food vendors, Dearmin said. The food vendors are located on South Depot Street. There is a kids area located on East Main Street.
On Friday, kids from the First United Methodist Church sang a couple of songs like “Jesus Loves Me All the Time” and “I Want to be a Bumble Bee.”
The JROTC from East Surry High School presented the colors while the school’s chorus sang the National Anthem.
East Surry’s band performed before the Pilot Mountain Middle School chorus sang. During the afternoon hours, Dennis Tolbert, Bad Mountain Brew and Donnaha Station took turns on the bandstand in the parking lot of city hall.
Today, Ultimate Dance will perform at 11:30 a.m. Cranford Creek will perform bluegrass numbers at 1 p.m. Snow Creek Oletyme Band will play at 2 p.m. Marshall Brothers and High Road will play at 3:30 p.m. The Red Wigglers will take the stage at 5 p.m. and the Klassix will play at 7 p.m.
On Sunday at 1 p.m., Seventh Vessel will play, and at 3 p.m., the Shield of Salvation will take the stage.
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