Leesville, La. (KALB) The 43rd Annual MayFest in Leesville kicks-off this Friday. The free festival is one of the biggest Vernon Parish attractions of the year and a big economic boost for the area. The music starts Friday at 4 p.m. This years headliners include Mia Borders and Confederate Railroad. You can browse the artisan village which features at least 80 arts and crafts vendors and choose from 20 options for a bite to. MayFest has attracted hundreds of people to historic downtown Leesville for more than 40 years.
This year's MayFest poster was designed by Richelle Dorris, a local art student at NSU and a member of Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville. Prints are available for purchase at MayFest this weekend.
"It's the people," said Marci Cook, the administrative assistant for the Vernon Parish Tourism and Recreation Commission. "That's all their is to it. We have a very friendly and open community and we welcome people to our area. We have bands from all over the state who come in, we have food, all types of food as well...korean this year, we have crawfish."
Various businesses on main street stay open during MayFest for festival goers to shop downtown.
MayFest 2018 Line-Up
Friday, May 4th
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Stereo Drive
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Mercury Blue
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Straight Shot
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Beau Shyne
9:00 pm—10:30 pm Mia Borders
Saturday, May 5th
7:00 am Leesville Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast
Pancakes, sausage or bacon, with milk, juice or coffee for $7.00!!!
*Proceeds benefit Louisiana Lions Camp for Children with Special Needs
9:00 am Opening Ceremony
Vernon Middle School Choir under the direction of Mr. Gene Davis
9:50 am – 10:30 am Kenny Jones
10:40 am –11:20 am Johnson Temple Gospel Choir
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Heart United
12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Leesville High School Choir
12:45 pm – 1:10 pm Leesville High School Steppers
1:15 pm –1:50 pm Pleasant Hill Baptist Choir
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Uptown Jazz
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Louisiana Sidemen
4:;30 pm – 5:45 pm Old Man Band
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Jordan Anderson
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm Front Cover
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm Confederate Railroad
This year's MayFest poster was designed by Richelle Dorris, a local art student at NSU and a member of Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville.
Prints are available for purchase at MayFest this weekend.