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Mayfest returns to Mount Carroll

MOUNT CARROLL – The annual Mayfest celebration will return Friday to Sunday to the old Shimer College grounds, 203 E. Seminary St.

The festival took a year off in 2018 due to a lack of a location, but is returning with bands, Civil War reenactors, a 5K race, and much more.

Admission to the Civil War reenactment, presented by Battery G 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, will be free. The camp will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cannon and small arms demonstrations will be at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2, and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Arts and crafts vendors will be on-site, starting Friday and from 10 a.m. to close Saturday and Sunday. A food tent also will be open. Vendors can still apply for space; stop at the Carroll County Mirror-Democrat office, 308 N. Main St., or go to mayfestvending.eventbrite.com to sign up and for more information.

Access to the wine and beer tent, and bands, will cost $8 for the weekend's entire musical lineup. Buttons are good for the whole weekend and cost $7 in advance. Buttons can be purchased at Mobil, 315 S. Clay St.; Shaw's MarketPlace, 848 S. Jackson St.; Shaw's Express, 855 S. Mill St.: Mount Carroll Home Center, 903 S. Clay St.; Mount Carroll City Hall, 302 N. Main St.; and the Mirror-Democrat.

The Mayfest 5K run will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, leaving from the old college gates. Pre-race packets will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the beer tent. Race day registration and packet pickup will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m. outside Metcalf Hall on the college grounds.

Go to mayfest5K.eventbrite.com for advance registration and more information. The cost is $25 for adults, or $30 after Friday; children younger than 16 can race for $20.

Bands, by time and date, are:

Friday: 5-7 p.m., Dave Cuckler; 7-10 p.m., The PeOple.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon: KidZone kids' activities, details to be determined.

Noon-2 p.m.: Mount Carroll Community Band.

3-6 p.m.: Travelin' Band, a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute.

6-8 p.m.: Josh Naylon and Friends.

8-11 p.m.: Back Country Roads.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to noon: Nondenominational church service.

Noon-2 p.m.: Finding Home.

3-5 p.m.: Medicinal Purposes.

5-7 p.m.: Evan Atherton.

7-10 p.m. Heartache Tonight, an Eagles tribute.

Donors and volunteers are wanted for the festival. Monetary donations can be sent to Mount Carroll Mayfest, 601 E. Silk St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053; made out to Mount Carroll Mayfest and dropped off at TBK Bank, 309 N. Clay St.; or made through Paypal to mountcarrollmayfest@gmail.com.

Volunteers and groups interested in helping with or sponsoring specific activities can email the above address for more information. All donations go directly to Mayfest, and are tax deductible.

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