In one of the most unlikely places, a place called “No Man’s Land” during the wars with Mexico for a disputed border, you’ll find an award-winning festival that brings in crowds from miles.
MayFest, sponsored by the Vernon Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and held in beautiful, historic downtown Leesville, won the Louey Award in 2012 for festival of the year. And it’s no wonder, as MayFest shows off the magestic wonder of an old southern town, while bringing in everything from entertainment, music, vendors, and children’s activities.
“Outlaws and bandits, as well as heroes and soldiers, made their mark on this fertile soil,” the Vernon Parish CVB says. “Louisiana’s Legend Country celebrates their stories that shaped the culture of today.”
MayFest invites visitors from all over Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and even Arkansas to bring their families, some chairs, and maybe even a tent to set up at the old courthouse in central Leesville. The location is surrounded by sights and smells that will bring a smile to adults and children.
Not to mention the home-made items offered by professional vendors, and it should be mentioned that all the food has to be made from scratch.
But the festival doesn’t stop there, the entire Leesville community gets involved. The Rotary Club of Leesville hosts a Chalk-A-Block session every year, where kids are given some chalk and a piece of the Leesville real estate to creat their masterpiece. Staying with the kids (but adults are welcome, too) the local Lion’s Club offered a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning, and everyone is invited to the acclaimed ‘Armadillo Stampede.’
Don’t forget to venture out to Leesville’s Main Street District – it’s a little chance for a small town in Louisiana to share their community and friendship with you.
“Enjoy our historic heritage and hospitality as well as our many outdoor adventures of today,” says the Vernon Parish CVB.
2018’s Mayfest will be May 4th and 5th. For more information call the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission at 337-238-0783 or visit www.LouisianaLegendCountry.com.