Festivals: Mayfest (WMBA)May 18-20, 2012
|The Indoor Stage|
The fairgrounds are very neat and clean, but do suffer from a distinct lack of shade. There are both PortaPotty and indoor bathroom/shower facilities available. The food vendors are excellent. Camping is very reasonable, although electric and water hookups are questionable at best. With a "park where you want" system in place, there are many small "encampments" of festival goers.
|Three Generations of Pickers|
However, like all good festivals, the best music is not on stage, it's around the campfires, and this festival was no different. As the sun began to set and the outside temperature became tolerable, out came the instruments and the picking began. From all-ages/all abilities slow jams, to red-hot, high-octane picking there was something for everyone. If you have your instrument with you as you walked around--be prepared to join in and contribute a song when it's your turn. I found these festival goers to be exceptionally open and inviting.
Overall, I found this festival well organized, affordable and fun for the whole family. While not as large as most of the summer festivals, it is definitely worth the trip.
John P. Bayerl