Mayo — From near and far, thousands of people came out on a beautiful fall day to swarm the streets of downtown Mayo for the 34th Annual Pioneer Day Parade and Festival held Saturday, Oct. 12.
The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the event and the crowds were anxious to get things rolling. The parade started promptly at 10 a.m. and it lasted for over an hour with a wide assortment of floats, tractors, mowers, the Mayo Shriners, gymnasts, twirlers, kings, queens and princesses, the Lafayette High School Band, and of course, the newly installed Granny and Pappy, Patricia and Jack Byrd.
After the parade, the town park was overflowing with people as they browsed all the vendors and watched their kids enjoy the many fun activities, while over at the gazebo main stage there was nonstop entertainment.
The Pioneer Day Art Show, sponsored by the Mayo Woman's Club, was across the street from the park at Lafayette State Bank. A generous crowd of onlookers admired the many unique pieces of art from paintings to photography to quilts and crafts. Winners will be announced soon.
The Mayo Shrine Club was set up at the Edward Perry Sports Complex with live music from the Salt Water Cowboys, as folks drooled over all the extraordinary antique cars on display.
See the complete stories on all these events from Pioneer Day, as well as lots of photos in an upcoming issue of the Mayo Free Press. Photos will also be available at our online photo gallery soon.