“I think it’s the more country feel, the down-home quietness,” said Tammy Cain when asked why she came out to City Park.
Cain moved to Spalding County a few years ago from California to be closer to her family. Ever since she arrived in the area, she has attended the Mayfling, which she considers much less commercialized than similar events in the Golden State.
“And the people are a lot more friendly at the booths,” Cain added.
This year’s Mayfling features a reptile show by the Southeastern Reptile Rescue and a car show by the Southern Cruisers of Griffin, along with other entertainment. It also offers visitors hot dogs, kettle corn, funnel cakes, barbecue plates and fried green tomato sandwiches.
“We are just grateful for the nice weather we are having,” said Bonnie Pfrogner, executive director of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the event through its Mayfling Committee.
“It’s a good community and family event. There’s a little bit for everyone,” Pfrogner said, adding that the turnout has been much better than last year, when rain hurt attendance.
Asked about her expectations for today, the second and last day of the Mayfling, Pfrogner said she would like to see even more people at City Park.
“Of course we’d like everybody to come out and support our vendors,” she said, pointing out that City Park provides plenty of spaces in the shade as warm weather is predicted again. “It’s just a great time to come out and enjoy the park and the event.”
The Mayfling begins today at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Admission is free.