Maplewood’s annual MayFest celebration will return to Springfield Avenue on Sunday, May 19 with Springfield Avenue Partnership (SAP) as the host and Investors Bank and Walgreens as the presenters. Daibes Enterprises, DCH Millburn Audi, Overlook Medical Center and PSEG are this year’s event sponsors.
Food, live music, crafts, children’s activities and the ever-popular Classic Car Show will be at the festival, which is on the avenue between Indiana and Oberlin Streets from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Raindate is Sunday, May 26).
Local bands – including Castleblanca, Joe Taino Blues Trio, Bigger Thomas, James Lockhart and Corner Pockit, plus teen bands Goldrush and 8 Bit – will take the stage throughout the day.
For the little ones, there will be a petting zoo and pony rides, a kiddie train, inflatable rides, and other fun activities. More than 100 vendors, artists, crafters and civic associations will be on hand. Local restaurants and cafes will offer food and drink for purchase.
"MayFest has become a signature event for Springfield Avenue and the entire community," said Mayor Vic DeLuca. "It is a good, old fashioned street fair with plenty of rides for the kids and a variety of food to sample. This family oriented event showcases local musical talent and gives Avenue businesses an opportunity to introduce themselves to a wider audience. It has always been a great day to celebrate what makes Maplewood so special. I urge folks to come visit MayFest to have some fun."
A favorite part of the day is the Classic Car Show. Car owners can enter to display their car, and some even come in costume (the owners and their cars!) Entrants can compete for cash prizes and for the titles of Mayor’s Choice, Most Awesome and A Cool Ride. There is still time to enter your car; to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.763.6011, ext 15. Early registration is recommended.
"MayFest brings together people from all over Maplewood and surrounding towns to experience the best that Springfield Avenue has to offer," said SAP executive director Diana Vitrano. "In addition to family friendly activities, great food and music, MayFest also provides an opportunity for the Partnership to showcase the businesses and restaurants that make Springfield Avenue a great place for shopping, dining, personal and professional services."
"This MayFest will be our third anniversary on Springfield Avenue, so it is a great milestone as well as a fun and exciting community event," said Susan Donlan of Parteaz. "I think it gives people a chance to see how Springfield Avenue is thriving and growing. It gives locals as well as people in the neighboring towns a chance to see a part of Maplewood that they may not have discovered. I think its a blast to work it!"