Mayfest is going back in time this weekend. The 38th annual version of the event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce with a western twist, as this year’s theme is a spin on a popular TV show.
“It’s a milestone anniversary for us at the Chamber,” Chamber Executive Director Kiley Eiland said. “Yellowstone came out with a spin-off show called 1923 that’s been really popular. We wanted to take that western theme and tie it into our 100th anniversary. The Yellowstone design is popular right now and we hope everyone who comes out enjoys it.”
It has been a busy several weeks for Eiland and the Mayfest Committee in an effort to put on the best event possible. She hopes everything comes together once the event kicks off.
“We are hoping for a good turnout,” she said. “We want families to enjoy the event for the entire weekend. We want people to enjoy everything from the craft fair and then stay to listen to the live music.”
Eiland is hoping that the weather stays as nice as possible, which is always a concern for the annual event, which has seen its fair share of rain in past years.
“This is a rain or shine event as usual,” she said. “We are going to work through whatever weather comes our way. It’s looking to be a warm weekend.”
The regular Mayfest attractions will return, including the carnival, parade, craft fair, food vendors, special events, car show, the cutest baby contest, the 5K run/walk, and much more.
Eiled said that there are a record number of vendors that are ready to sell items at this year’s event. She estimated there are more than 140 vendors at this time.
“It’s always a very popular event and last year there was barely room to walk,” she said. We hope people can find something they like there.”
Among all the events that the people are used to seeing, there will be a few newer attractions.