A fun fest

The 41st annual Mayfest was held in Rutherfordton on Saturday.
May. 06, 2013 @ 10:13 AM

RUTHERFORDTON— Downtown Rutherfordton was the place to be Saturday for some outdoor family fun. 

Rutherford Town Revitalization (RTR) in coordination with the Town of Rutherfordton held the 41st annual Mayfest on Main Street in Rutherfordton. 

"It's great to have all of the people in the community come together. Rutherfordton has so much to offer and it's a great way for everyone to enjoy it," said Mayor Jimmy Dancy. "We have a lot of good volunteers who put this together." 

The day began with the Gold Rush 5k and the Gears and Gables cycling event. The 5k was a new event for the festival sponsored by the Rutherford Women's League in coordination with the town of Rutherfordton and the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition. 

"The 5k is a good addition to the festival. We were very pleased with the turnout. The race brought in almost double the amount of people we were expecting," Dancy said. 

Runners who braved the hilly course were blasted with gold pigment. All proceeds from the entry fees of the race benefited Communities in Schools of Rutherford County. 

Mayfest officially began at 10 a.m. with more than 100 vendors braving the chilly weather to offer their products to the community.  

Joseph Knight, director of education at Kidsenses, provided a table for children who wanted to make their own animal necklace. 

"Mayfest is awesome. It's so good to see everyone in the community and it's a lot of fun for us," Knight said. "We wanted to give kids the opportunity to make a keepsake, something they can take home with them to remind them of Kidsenses and Mayfest." 

Popcorn, cotton candy, lemonade, cheeseburgers, corn on the cob and a variety of other items were available for anyone who needed a pick me up. Many other organizations also came out to promote their causes. 

"All the money we collect goes back to the Shriners Hospital for children. We are out here to collect as much as we can to help," said George Padgett of the Thermal Belt Shrine Club. 

Cindy Adair, events coordinator for RTR, said she loves the way everyone comes together for this event. 

"We have a lot of non-profits in here and everyone is promoting their own cause. But it's a great thing for us to work together," Adair said. "I just love it. It's a community event that brings in people from all over the county and people from other areas come here for this."