From the Mathiston Civic League
MayFest in the Mathiston Park will begin Friday from 6:30-10 p.m. and continue Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come celebrate with us and learn more about how our town, originally 80 acres and three residents, has grown into the thriving community it is.
The festivities Friday night will be highlighting Mathiston’s 125th birthday (1889-2014). Originally “Mathis Town,” named for owner W.G. “Bill” Mathis, revolved around the railroad and mail delivery. The young and old would gather to visit while the mail was being sorted.
By 1890, Mathis operated a general store; there were several business houses and a post office with Maj. C. Alford as the postmaster. This “old town” was settled near the public school property close to the railroad tracks.
The city limits increased in 1976, almost doubling the size of Mathiston. The first village officials were elected and appointed in 1895. These included Mike Hickey as mayor, and Crow White, C.C. Crow and Henry Vaughan as aldermen; C.M. Bland as clerk; T.H. Carter as street commissioner and J.C. Randall as treasurer.
Photos of Mathiston will be on display and the history of Mathiston will be celebrated with entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction from the mayor and local town historians, music from the Trailsmen Quartet, fundraiser plates (hamburger/hotdogs) offered by the Mathiston Fire Department, all ending with free birthday cake and a fabulous fireworks show.
The celebration continues Saturday morning beginning at 8. Area arts/crafts and food vendors will fill the park and live music will be performed throughout the day, including the debut of A Southerner’s Secret.
Tethered hot air balloon rides and an antique/classic car show (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) will be in the newly cleared lot between the park and the ballpark,
The 2013 pageant winners, along with our Fitness Challenge winner, will be recognized.
Bring your lawn chairs and plan for a weekend of family fun! If you would like to participate as a vendor or would like to enter the antique car show, contact Betty Jeffcoats (662) 312-8724, or through our Facebook page: Mathiston Civic League. (Be sure to keep up with all of our activities by liking our page.)