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Family-friendly MayFest is May 8-11 in Marble Falls

MayFest is May 8-11 at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. The event is open 5 p.m.-midnight May 8-10 and 10 a.m.-midnight May 11. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Fried food, live music, and dizzying carnival rides return May 8-11 during MayFest in Marble Falls.

The carnival opens Wednesday, May 8, from 5 p.m. to midnight at Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J. It runs the hours on May 9 along with food vendors.

The fun kicks up a notch Friday, May 10, with more vendors and a free concert by J.R. Gomez y Los Conjunto Bandits from 8-11 p.m.

Gomez is a former accordion player for Jay Perez and Jimmy Gonzalez Y Grupo Mazz. He is also a former lead vocalist for A.B. Quintanilla III and the Kumbia King All Starz.

More music fills the day Saturday, May 11, with the Battle of the Bands beginning at 4 p.m.

Each of the six competing bands will play for about 45 minutes. The winning band will play again to close the show, which ends at about midnight. This year’s bands, in order of performance, are Creekside Republic, Hard Right, Thunderosa, ArchEgo, Doug Day, and CRVNCH.

The Battle of the Bands winner will receive $1,000 and an opportunity to play a gig later this year at Wakepoint LBJ in Kingsland.

On Saturday, food and market vendors open at 10 a.m.; the popular washer tournament starts at noon with registration at 11 a.m.; and the carnival starts at noon.

MayFest is free, but wristbands for rides are $25 for a one-day pass. Tokens are $1 each with rides typically taking 3-5 tokens. Food and drinks also are available for purchase. No coolers or alcohol will be allowed into Johnson Park. Beer and wine will be sold at the event.

Parking is available along Avenue J, Main Street, and three lots near Johnson Park at Second Street and Avenue J and Avenue J and Yett Street.

People are discouraged from bringing their pets due to the traffic and amount of activity in the park. Strollers and lawn chairs are welcome.

In the event of rain, MayFest goes on. Rides will close momentarily during rain and lightning then open again after the rain stops. Follow the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for live updates during MayFest.

The chamber’s website includes more details on MayFest.

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