Wiley Post Festival takes off Saturday

By Bonnie Seymour

News Star Reporter

Saturday, September 8, the Wiley Post Festival will again take over downtown Maysville for some family fun and entertainment from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To kick things off, the Maysville Animal Control will be hosting the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. For a donation, you can fill up on pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange juice while helping the animals at the town’s animal shelter.

“Donations will be used for the welfare of the dogs, such as purchasing dog food and cleaning supplies for the pound,” said Janet Dinwiddie, Maysville Librarian and organizer of the Festival.

Famous aviator Wiley Post, who was once a resident of Maysville, is celebrated each year at the Wiley Post Festival in Maysville.

Vendors will open downtown at 10:00 and feature everything from homemade jelly, quilts, jewelry, knives, and much more and the crowning of this year’s Wiley Post Royalty will take place at 10:30 a.m., just before the parade at 11:00.

“Contestants will be selling tickets until noon on Friday, but festival goers will be able to buy tickets at the festival right up until the drawing,” stated Dinwiddie.

This year there will be both a prince and a princess to see over the Festival and contestants will win a swag bag filled with prizes.

Tickets for the drawing are $5.00 and you can either buy them to win a freezer full of meat, made possible by Beach Heating and Air and Super C or an Adventure Pack that includes a plethora of prizes from the Texas Motor Speedway to Frontier City and beyond!

The parade will feature the royalty winners and will begin in front of Bakers Pizza. The route ends at the post office. Anyone planning on being in the parade needs to line up by the Church of Christ at 10:30.

In her seventh year planning the festival, Dinwiddie admits the library’s fundraiser could stand to bring in more funds and can actually hurt the library when those precious sponsors fall through.

“Donations and sponsorships are super important, like sponsoring an ad on the shirt. If a sponsorship falls through, the overall cost of hosting the festival comes out of the library’s budget and that takes away from the resources we provide the town, like free WiFi, computers, and new books,” said Dinwiddie.

Vendor cost is $50.00 for food vendors and $20.00 for non-food and some booth spaces are still available.

“I believe the Festival is a work in progress until it’s over, so if anyone needs a booth, or has any ideas/ suggestions, reach out to me at the library!” Dinwiddie finished.

For more information on the Wiley Post Festival, contact Dinwiddie at 405-867-4748 or via email at maysvillepl@gmail.com