By Starrla Cray
MAYER, MN Sidle on over to Mayer Saturday, July 7 for a day of entertainment and relaxation.
“Our vision is to get the whole town to participate,” said Mayer Rising Community Festival committee member Tice Stieve-McPadden.
The fun will start at 9 a.m., with activities for all ages at Old Schoolhouse Park near the community center on Bluejay Avenue.
A classic car, truck, motorcycle, and tractor show will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with awards at 1:30 p.m.
Cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be placed into 11 classes. First- and second-place winners from each class, as well as one “best of show” entry, will receive a plaque.
Tractors will not be judged, but will be featured in a tractor parade at 2 p.m.
Participation is free, and the first 150 entrants will receive a gift bag. To pre-register, go to www.mayercarshow.com or call (952) 657-2119.
“We had 135 trucks, cars, and motorcycles last year, and we’re expecting more this year,” committee member Tom Stifter said, adding that 27 tractors were also in the 2011 show.
The craft show, which also runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to be another big draw.
“Crafters are definitely welcome and needed,” Stifter said.
Each spot is $25. For additional information or to check space availability, contact Krista Goedel at (952) 657-2827 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
While perusing the crafts, visitors will have the opportunity to listen to DJ Brandon Lind from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stifter will entertain with trivia for 10 minutes every hour, as well.
The morning will also include plenty of children’s activities, such as a Twins youth clinic from 9 a.m. to noon, and crazy hair and face painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Inflatable bouncers and the Army National Guard’s rock climbing wall (if available) will also be part of the day’s excitement.
A youth parade will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Old Schoolhouse Road, on the west side of Old Schoolhouse Park. Children are encouraged to dress in costume, with one of the following five themes: Disney and fairytale, animals, characters, wheels, and miscellaneous. Prizes will be given for top three places in each category.
Another competitive children’s event is the pedal tractor pull, for ages 4 to 11, which will start at 1 p.m.
At noon, Mayer resident James Gravelle will do a demonstration with his remote-controlled model airplane.
“He does dives, flips, and all kinds of things,” Stifter said. “It’s fun to watch.”
Plenty of food will be available to purchase for lunch, including hamburgers, cheese curds, cotton candy, walking tacos, french fries, and more.
“We’re hoping to build some community camaraderie,” Stieve-McPadden said. “Hopefully the event will keep growing more and more each year.”
Originally, organizers had hoped to make the annual Beef Sunday baseball game (a fundraiser for the Mayer Blazers amateur baseball team) part of the festival, but the game date couldn’t be changed in time. The game, featuring Mayer against St. Bonifacius, will take place Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m.
“Area merchants donate prizes, which will be given away every half inning,” Stieve-McPadden said.
At the end of the game, two $60 variety packs of meat will be given away, as well.