Grab a chair, head over to the 14th annual Mayfest on Main Festival and help bring in the summer season.
About 100 vendors, traditional festival food, a designated children’s area and live all-day entertainment will be there to welcome you from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, on North Myrtle Beach’s Main Street.
The rain or shine all-day event will have vendors selling embroidered items, hand-made jewelry, pottery, furniture, and artwork.
“One vendor actually takes aluminum and recycles it into decorative cars and trains,” said Tina McCrackin, director of special events and programs for North Myrtle Beach. “It’s unique.”
Festival food includes favorites such as hot dogs, fried pork skins, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and 30 different flavors of popcorn. And where else can you get deep-fried cheesecake and deep-fried Oreos?
The children’s area will include face painting, a bouncy house, fair-type games and kid-sized rides.
Entertainment on the Main Stage at the Horseshoe will feature Nelson at 12:30 p.m. following the noon opening ceremonies.
At 2 p.m., Blue Monday takes over, and at 4 p.m., David Victor, bringing “The Hits of Boston & Styx,” entertains. Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot will jam on the Community Stage at 10 a.m., and from 2:30 – 4 p.m., Cowboy Mouth will wow the crowd.
There will be about 100 chairs set up at the Main Stage, and those are available for guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are also bleachers available, but McCrackin suggests bringing a chair in case you don’t get there earlier enough to claim one of the chairs.
Public parking will be available in the parking lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, and at McLean Park at 93 Oak Drive. Handicap parking will be available at those places as well.
Shuttle busses will run all day from Ocean Drive Elementary School at 901 11th Ave. N., and a free golf cart shuttle will run on Main Street. Busses are not wheelchair accessible.
“This festival is a great kick-off to summer because we’re starting to experience nice weather,” McCrackin said. “It’s a great way for some of the seasonal businesses to open up their doors.”