MayFest is one of the longest running festivals in North Carolina and one of the best attended. Drawing visitors and vendors from across the region, it's the first chance to welcome in spring!

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Main Street, Rutherfordton

Among our favorite attractions and traditions...

  • Over a hundred vendors line Main Street, representing the best in local and regional talent, including wood turned bowls, hand crafted wooden toys, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, boutique fashions, hand-knitted and crocheted items, quilts and uniquely designed crafts. If you can't find 5 things you MUST have, you're not trying!

  • The local Cub Scouts will host their annual district Pinewood Derby Race near First Baptist Church.

  • There will be plenty of activities for kids including PlayLand, a wide assortment of inflatables and a rock climbing wall, games, face painting and the Rutherfordton Fire Department obstacle course.

  • Doggie Kissing Booth sponsored by Brother Wolfe, Rutherford County Chapter, will occur from 10-11 AM and 1-2 PM.

  • No festival is complete without our fabulous food vendors! Relax on the courthouse lawn and indulge yourself with delicious barbecue, turkey legs and roasted corn, funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, kettle corn and everything in between. You certainly won't go home hungry!


10 AM - 4 PM, near Court Street & Library

The second annual car show will take place and is bound to excite any auto enthusiast featuring 100+ makes and models of cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. Make sure you stick around for the awards ceremony!

Located at the Main Stage on Courthouse Lawn

10:30-11:00  Lived Dance, group performance

11:00-1:00    Rutherford County Line band performs

1:00-1:30      Pet Contest sponsored by 4 Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat.

From 10am-12:30pm at the Brother Wolf booth near the stage, sign your 4-legged fury

friend up for one of 3-categories and a chance to win a 1st place trophy or 2nd place

medal. Categories include- Cutest Pup, Best Costume and Terrific Pet Trick.

1:45-2:15      IGA Gymnastics, group performance

2:30-3:00      RS Middle School Cheerleading

3:00-5:00      Houston Bernard Band

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It all begins SATURDAY - MAY 4, 2019

10AM - 5PM

Interested in being a vendor? Download an application or sign up online below to get registered.


    Before applying to be a vendor, please read the following rules and regulations for detailed information on registration, set up and break down, payments and more.


    Visitors come from all around to see what unique and special finds are at our festival. Hand-made items, art and original creations only.


    People come for the food and leave with a smile. Sign-up to be one of our food vendors. A wide variety of items plus snacks, sweets and beverages are offered.


    Get your business seen by promoting it at our festivals. This includes non-handmade sales items, non-profit fundraisers and commercially produced merchandise.


Gears and Gables is an annual fundraising event for Rutherford Housing Partnership. The funds raised go toward urgent housing repairs needed in our community. The ride will feature a 24-mile, 41-mile and 62-mile route through the scenic backroads of Rutherford County and the Blueridge Foothills.

When: Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 am

Where: Downtown Rutherfordton at First Baptist Church


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