Crowd gathers for 35th annual Mayfest

Johanna Pearson, a sophomore at Strasburg High Schools, wears her Miss Mayfest crown and sash during the annual festival on Saturday. Justin McIlwee/Daily
U.S. Route 11 in Strasburg was closed to vehicles during the town's Mayfest. Justin McIlwee/Daily
Food vendors and booths line North Holliday Street in Strasburg on Saturday during the town's annual Mayfest. Justin McIlwee/Daily

STRASBURG — The smell of festival food wafted through the air this weekend as a crowd gathered in the streets to celebrate the town’s 35th annual Mayfest.

The festival, which ran from Friday to Sunday, boasted entertainment for all ages. Tents lined the streets as vendors tried to entice buyers. When people got tired of shopping, they could relax and grab a bite to eat while listening to live music at the open mic night in the First Bank parking lot. They could then take their kids to the Fun Fest Zone and watch them run around on the bounce castles with their friends.

The Saturday evening festivities were kicked off by the parade that featured floats, classic cars and pageant winners riding through downtown Strasburg. Johanna Pearson was named one of the Miss Mayfest winners and was part of the parade, which the Strasburg High School sophomore said means a lot to her.

“It means that you’re representing Strasburg and you’re representing your town and the people who live in it,” Johanna said. “My mom won Miss Strasburg when she was younger, and so I’m closer to my mom than I was once before.”

As twilight faded to dark on Saturday, the town lit up with the music of Cazhmiere during the street dance. But Mayfest didn’t end there as more activities and vendors returned on Sunday.

Contact staff writer Justin McIlwee at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or jmcilwee@nvdaily.com