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'It was a beautiful day for Mayfest '

The town of Dearing held its annual Mayfest festival Saturday.

"It was a beautiful day for Mayfest," Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley said after the event. "The weather was just perfect. Some years it's so hot that people have come and gone by 11 a.m., but this year the temperature was perfect, and we had a steady crowd throughout the day. I believe a lot of people stayed all day."

The annual event included a parade, live musical entertainment, children's activities and food and crafts vendors.

"It was great to see so many kids having such a good time," said Mayor Pro-Tem Allen Axon. "Anything that makes that many kids happy is a good thing." Musical entertainment was provided by the Ryan Walden Band, The Anointed Ones Gospel Group, the Kelley Family Bluegrass Gospel Group, the Mike Joye Karaoke hour, the Barbershop Quartet, and the Ryan Reeves-Hiatus Band.

One of the festival's most popular features is the Burger Battle, dedicated to Miss Aillene, who cooked hamburgers in Dearing for many years. The winners were Charlie Newton and Chuck Candler of C&C Burger Shack, who won first place.

Second place went to Steve Tucker, and third place went to Mike Kitchings, who also won the People's Choice Award.

Proceeds went to the Good Samaritan House, a free health clinic in Dearing.

Web posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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