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Starks Mayhaw Festival celebrates 25 years

By Evelyn White

The 25th annual Starks Mayhaw Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 18-20.

The festival kicks off Thursday, May 18, at 4 p.m. The Costume Contest will start at 6:30 p.m. with a pirates’ theme and open to everyone at the Herbert Bradford Pavillion.

The theme for this year’s festival is: “Aarrgh, Matey. Find your treasures at the Starks Mayhaw Festival'.

Divisions for the costume contest are: Pre-K-2nd grade; 3rd-5th grade; 6th-8th grade; 9th-12th grade and Adults.

For more information call Lillian Karr at 786-2568 or Evelyn White at 743-6297.

The Starks Mayhaw Festival would like to invite all of their past Queens back to the festival on Saturday, May 20. Introductions will be made at 12 noon. Contact Evelyn at 743-6297 or by email at ecw19@hughes.net if you will be able to attend.

The Talent Show will follow the costume contest at 7:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10. Contact Josie at 337-764-7952 to enter.

The Bike Parade will be held on Friday, May 19. Lineup and judging will be at 2 p.m. Line up behind the school in the circular drive.

The Parade Marshals for this year will be all past Presidents. They are: Willard White, Barry Perkins, Lillian Karr, Rev. Jeremy Shields, Wayne Linscomb, Felicia Shields, Evelyn White, and Tony O'Banion. The late J. R. Franks and the late Wayne Standley were the other two Past Presidents.

The Poster Contest will be held at Starks High School. Judging will be Thursday, May 18. Posters are due on Wednesday, May 17. Prizes will be awarded.

The Mayhaw Jelly Judging Contest will be Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. All jelly must be turned in at the Courtesy Booth by Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. No labels or names are to be on the jelly. Each contestant will need to turn in two jars, one for judging and one for display.

Gospel Night will be Friday, May 19. Local singers will start the singing with special group, “The Ball Brothers” at 7:30 p.m.

A special door prize drawing will be done at 9:30 p.m. for a 1-night stay and meals for two at the Isle of Capri.

Saturday morning kicks off with hot biscuits, Mayhaw Jelly, and home churned butter at 8:30 a.m. followed by a butter churning demonstration.

Johnny Smith of Singer will make a batch of Mayhaw jelly and then give a grafting demonstration.

The Kids’ Games begin at 10 a.m. There will be a Scavenger Hunt, Sack Races, and a Diaper Derby.

At noon, introduction of the Parade Marshals, followed by the returning Queens and then the introduction of the 2017 King and Queens Court.

Winners of the games will be announced. There will also be drawing for the participants in the games.

The Auction starts at 12:30 p.m. The auction is a way for the churches, clubs, fire department, and VFW Post 4759 to make extra money for their individual projects.

At 3:30 p.m., the live music starts. The Rosedown Rockers are up first followed by Zydecane, and the Cypress Band with Willie Tee and Warren Storm.

The Domino Tournament sponsored by the Starks Lions Club will be Saturday, May 20. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the tournament starting at 10 a.m. at the Lions Club Building at 4743 Evangeline Hwy. The entry fee is $10 and includes a meal. For more information call Sam at 743-6182.

A new event to the festival this year will be a coloring table. There will be coloring sheets with colors, colored pencils, and markers for all ages. The coloring sheets are being provided by the American Press. Volunteers are needed to sit at the table and help the children. If you would like to volunteer call Evelyn at 743-6297. The American Press will also have a booth at the festival.


Vendors for the 2017 Starks Mayhaw Festival are varied: food, crafts, jewelry, clothing, concrete statues, and many others.

They are: Kim and Larry Statum Jellies; Calvary Apostolic Church; Starks Lions Club; Starks Garden Club; Mobile Concessions (Randy and Inez Lykins); Betty Slaughter; Starks Historical Society;

Starks Volunteer Fireman Fund; David Griffis/Will Withers Mayhaw Jelly; Taco Holloway (Baked Potatoes); Denise Dyson (Bloomin' Onions and Hog on a Log);

Geno Quidera; Lillie Keeling; Gwen Tallant (Stained Glass); Pentecostal House of Praise (Ice Cream); Operation Lifesaver (Railroad Safety); LifeShare Blood Center (donations); Rebecca Vice (Crafts);

Suzann Threet (Lula Roe Clothing); Audilets Honey Farm; Clyde Howard (Glazed Nuts); Starks VFW Post 4759 & Aux. (Information and Mayhaw Quilt Raffle); Ronald Fritz Mission 365;

Ophelia Fittz Mayhaw Jelly; Antonio White (Crayfish Bread); Laura Aranda (Book); Suzanne White (Tupperware); Williams (Handmade Jewelry);

Shiloh Pentecostal Church (Chicken Salad Sandwiches) and Christy Fear (Crafts).

More vendors are expected.

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