My answer was, “It really doesn’t matter. They’re having a festival to celebrate it, so you just ought to go to Marion and enjoy.”
And, by the way, it’s THIS WEEKEND. May 6 – 7! The annual Mayhaw Festival!
Actually, a mayhaw is a berry, “haw” being short for a “Hawthorne” berry. They usually ripen in May. May Haw. It’s kind of like a cranberry that maybe didn’t get out in the sun long enough to get a full sunburn, but I’d have to say it makes just about the best jelly there is. They are usually found out in the wild near streams or swamps, or out back behind Bro. Bubba Hoggatt’s house…
Back to the jelly. That’s reason enough to celebrate, come enjoy the fun and pick up a season’s worth of fresh mayhaw jelly!.
What? You need more? Okay, the Festival is traditionally held on Mother’s Day weekend and began in 1982. Friday night kicks off the festival with a street dance in the parking lot of Marion State Bank. Bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes to in on the fun! If you are not one for dancing, don’t worry, there is plenty of food available provided by early vendors. Saturday’s festivities begin with a parade. Four wheelers, horses, floats, and golf carts are all welcome. Bring the kids early to catch all the action with fire trucks, police cars, and local businesses tossing candy from floats. Throughout the day on Saturday, the crowd is entertained by various singers, dancers, cloggers, choirs, and other talent. Activities for all ages are happening all day!
Come early, bring your family and friends, and make a day of it! You will be so glad y0u did! If you have any questions, give Marion Town Hall a call at (318) 292-4715, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.