Vernon Parish is proud of its its history as a part of "No Man's Land" along what was the disputed border with Mexico. Outlaws and bandits as well as heroes and soldiers made their mark on this fertile soil. Louisiana's Legend Country celebrates their stories that shaped the culture of today. Enjoy our historic heritage and hospitality as well as our many outdoor adventures of today.
Mayfest, winner of the Louey Award for 2012 Festival of the Year, is an annual event held in historic downtown Leesville on the first weekend in May -- this year it will be held on May 6th & May 7th, 2016. Vendors from all over Louisiana and surrounding states offer home-made items and food made from scratch. Bring your lawn chairs and join us on the courthouse lawn for two free days of family fun offering live music, vendors, demonstrating artists, children's activities, and more.
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2016 MUSIC LINEUP
Friday May 6th, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM --- Ron Yule
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM --- Mercury Blue
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM --- Jordan Anderson
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM --- Amanda Shaw
Saturday May 7th, 2016
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM --- Opening
9:50 AM - 11:00 AM --- Billy O'Con
11:00 - 11:25 AM --- Dixie Darlins
11:25 AM - 12:15 PM --- Old Man Band
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM --- Louisana Sidemen
1:30 PM - 1:45 pm --- Kiwaniis Pageant Presentation
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM --- Car Show Awards
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM --- Louisiana Swamp Donky
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM --- Jerrad Bridges
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM --- GQP
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM --- MoonDogs
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM --- Big Red Zydeco
8:45 PM - 9:00 PM ---Pink Flamingos
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM --- John Anderson
Saturday May 7th, 2016
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM --- Hannah Hawkes
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM --- Johnson Temple Choir
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM --- Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Choir
1:00 PM- 1:45 PM --- 4 Days Late
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM --- Colony Worship Band
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM --- Becky Birdwell
4:10 PM - 4:40 PM --- Jessica and Kenny Jones
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM --- Southern Plainsmen
Saturday May 7th, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM --- Ed Huey
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM --- Jarred Bailey
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM --- Brittany DesPlants
Other Mayfest Activities
Rotary Club's Chalk-A-Block
Children of all ages can share their art with the world at Mayfest's Chalk-A-Block. Choose your spot and paint your masterpiece with a variety of colored chalks.
AUSA will sponsor their 30th Annual Armadillo Stampede on May 27th at 8:00 am. There will be a 5K Fun Run/Walk for Individuals and a Super Squad 5K for a seven person team. All races are open to male and female runners. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in several age groups. For more information, please contact Jennifer Lohrke at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (337) 340-0063.
Leesville Lions Club Pancake Breakfast/Crawfish Boil
Beginning at 7:00 am on Saturday May 7th, the Leesville Lions Club will be serving their annual Pancake Breakfast as part of the Mayfest fun. Start your day off right with a great meal which includes a short stack (6) of pancakes with your choice of bacon or sausage and juice or milk. Later in the day, they will be serving crawfish with all the fixin's. For more information, please call (337) 238-0783.
Shop the Leesville Main Street District
Many of the Leesville Main Street merchants will be open for business during Mayfest.
Classic Car Window Displays
While you're downtown, stroll past the old Cain Motor Company (corner of Lee & 4th St.) and the old Boudreaux's Chevrolet (corner of North and 3rd) and look through the windows to see displays of classic vehicles and more.
Gallery One Ellleven will feature a gallery artists Group Exhibit during Mayfest. Artists will be on hand during both days to discuss their art. For more information, please visit their website or contact email@example.com.
For more information about Mayfest, please contact Marci Cook -- extension 103 at the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission. Our office is located inside the historic Vernon Parish Courthouse on 3rd Street in Leesville, LA. We're in the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM.
201 South 3rd St.
Leesville, LA 71446
P.O. Box 349
Leesville, LA 71496
Office (337) 238-0783
Toll Free (800) 349-6287
Fax (337) 238-3403
MayFest 2016 accepts only 1 vendor/authorized dealer for manufactured-type merchandize such as, but not limited to: Rodan+Fields Skincare line, Mary Kay, Ultimate Body Applicator/It Works, fit4mom, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Avon, Pampered Chef, Makeup Eraser, and Plexus Slim. Please call Marci Cook at 337-238-0783, ext. 103 to check on availability.