Corvallis’ May Day festival began twenty-one years ago, when a small group of friends gathered to dance around a maypole of colorful ribbons signifying spring, renewal, love, life, and laughter. From this humble beginning, the festival now attracts 500 people, artists and dreamers from all over Oregon, with no specifically defining age group or demographic. Think flowers in the hair; donning colorful, free flowing garb; sparkly glitter and bubbles; twirling and dancing; and beaming smiles.
Additionally, it’s an excellent opportunity for musical artists in the Corvallis “family” to give to their community, and simultaneously showcase their art in a uniquely intimate and highly appreciative setting.
The Mayday festival will be on the 3rd, 4th, and 5thof May, but if you would like a taste of Mayday sooner, there will be a concert at the Summit Grange Hall, 19824 Summit Hwy in Blodgett (only 30 minutes from Corvallis), on Feb 2nd. The concert will help raise money for the upcoming Mayday festival, and a 5-10 dollar donation is suggested.
The entertainment includes Maca Rey from Portland, Exit Electric, Deep Woods Band, The Mighty Warriors, and the Chamber of Rhythm. Maca Rey blends calypso, latin, and psychadelic rock, among other styles. Exit Electric is a rock groove band. Deep Woods Band describes themselves as in the Altered Native genre, boasting a blues, classic rock aesthetic. The Mighty Warriors is an Irish string band.
This is a family friendly event and starts at 4pm. Come out and support this unique community event! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/275209852606265.
by Joel Southall