The annual Mayfest is here with community, vendors, live music and food.

The event in downtown Leesville was still going strong yesterday as hundreds of people walked through the booth-lined streets looking for their next great purchase or scrumptious bite to eat.

This year’s event saw more than 80 vendors selling their items to those who attended.

There were bands, choirs and an assortment of food. Be it a vendor, a performer or visitor of the event, most feel it was a wonderful experience.

Barbara Haymon of New Llano, in her fourth year at Mayfest, had her home-sewn products for sale in her booth for her business, Stitches by Barbara and Company.

“I enjoy sewing,” said Harmon. “I’ve been sewing all my life. (Coming to the fest) is something I enjoy doing, and hopefully I can try to make a few dollars.”

Originally from Florida, Lisa and Michael Thomas, in the area due to Michael’s former military service, came to MayFest so Lisa could perform with the choir from her church, Johnson Temple Church of God In Christ. They have been to MayFest in the past but enjoyed the event in a new way this year. “We’ve never really walked through this part of the fest,” Lisa said. “We usually perform, look at a few vendors and leave. This is our first year to see the whole fest.”

Lisa’s favorite food experience at MayFest is the like the smoked turkey leg, she said.

Tammy Cecil of Anacoco attended and enjoyed the fest. “It was nice,” she said. “The weather passed by, and it was nice after that. I really like the atmosphere.”

Ellen Mount of Leesville has attended the event regularly throughout the years. “We’ve been attending almost since it started (in the 1970s),” Mount said with a laugh.

The reason she comes back year after year is because of the people. “You see who you haven’t seen for awhile and you can catch up with them,” Mount said. “Yes, there are the vendors and the food – and that’s wonderful – but the community is what makes Mayfest great.”