The 23rd annual Bangs Mayfest will be held this Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bangs City Park.   

The annual springtime celebration will feature a kick-off parade and plenty of vendors, food and fun. The parade will line up on Gantt St. at 9:15 a.m. and begin at 10, and Mayfest co-coordinator Carrol Wells said it can be best viewed from downtown or the park.   

Everyone is welcome to join the parade, which has no entry fee, with cars, tractors, four-wheelers or bicycles.   

LaFreda Kilburn will be the grand marshal of this year’s Mayfest Parade. Kilburn is a second generation Bangs Dragon and has raised several more, with a granddaughter graduating this year. Kilburn is a self-employed contract business owner and past president of the Bangs Business Association. She currently leads the Bereaved Parents Support Group and chairs the Texas Bank Christmas Craft show.   

Mayfest will feature a variety of kid-friendly activities including pony rides, rock climbing and a ferris wheel. Wells said barbecue, pulled pork, corn dogs, popcorn and snow cones will be available as well.   

Craft vendors at the fair will offer metal art, jewelry, clothes, rustic furniture and more.   

Wells said there are always 30 or 40 garage sales in Bangs during Mayfest each year, giving attendees plenty of shopping options. “That started several years ago as a way to grow the event,” Wells said, “and it’s just become bigger and bigger each year.”   

Wells encouraged both Bangs residents and greater Brown County to visit the fair. “It will be a lot of fun,” she said. “Bangs is a very friendly town and we look forward to seeing both our local friends and our friends from around the area.”   

Bangs City Park is located at the corner of 4th and Fitzgerald streets. Mayfest is sponsored by the Bangs Municipal Development District and chaired by MDD president Marisa Craddock.