The Marion Mayhaw Festival began in 1982.  The first sponsors were the Marion Jaycees.  The 36th annual festival will take place on May 12 & 13th, 2015 and is now sponsored by the Marion Fire Department.  The Mayhaw Festival is held on the second weekend of May each year, usually falling on Mother's Day weekend.  So, just what is a mayhaw? For our northern neighbors, a definition may be in order.  The mayhaw tree is in the Hawthorn family, a distant cousin of the rose.  It grows near streams and swamplands bearing fruit that looks like small crabapples.  The mayhaw is found in the Southern United States from East Texas to the panhandle of Florida.  The heaviest concentrations of native mayhaw trees are found in Grant Parish, Louisiana, near Winnie, Texas and in the Pearl river swamps of Mississippi. The mild difficulty of harvesting wild mayhaw fruit (better have your boat handy) is more than made up for by the distinct flavor of the jams, jellies, wines, and cakes derived from this unassuming southern delight.  One taste and you will understand why we devote ( in lieu of) and entire festival to this fruit!

       Friday night kicks off the festival with a street dance at Marion High School. Bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes to in on the fun!  If you are not one for dancing, don't worry, there is plenty of food available provided by early vendors.  Saturday's festivities begin with a parade.  Four wheelers, horses, floats, and golf carts are all welcome.  Bring the kids early to catch all the action with fire trucks, police cars, the Barak Shriners in their mini cars, and local businesses tossing candy from floats.  Throughout the day on Saturday, the crowd is entertained by various singers, dancers, cloggers, choirs, and other talent.  Activities for all ages are happening all day! A mayhaw spitting contest, egg toss, mayhaw jelly cooking contest, and a treasure hunt are just a handful of the activities you can participate in.  You do not want to miss the lawnmower races where high performance lawn mowers are pitted against each other for top prizes and, of course, bragging rights!  There will be tons of arts and crafts booths for you to browse.  We've got everything from woodworks to jewelry to candles to hand-painted items and much more.  Find the perfect Mother's Day gift.  Don't forget to stop by our many food venders' booths as well.  Bar-B-Que, fried fish, chicken on a stick, sno-cones, and funnel cake to name a few dishes.  Eat lunch at the festival and take some home for supper!

       No matter what you are interested in, you won't be disappointed if you come by the Mayhaw Festival.  Come early, bring your family and friends, and make a day of it! You will be so glad y0u did! If you have any questions, give Marion Town Hall a call at (318) 292-4715, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.  Click here for booth application!

Mayhaw Recipes:

Mayhaw Wine Pound Cake:


3 cups Sugar

1 cup Butter (softened)

6 Eggs

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

1 cup of Sour Cream

Combine sugar and butter; cream until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Combine dry ingrediants; add to creamed mixture  alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.  Stir in remaining ingrediants.Pour batter into a well-greaded and floured 10-inch bundt pan or tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake tests done.

Mayhaw Butter:

5 cups of Sugar
1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon 1 tablespoon Ground Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Ground Cloves

Continue stirring frequently over very low hear until thick, about 1 hour.  When mixture flakes from the spoon, pour the butter into sterilized jars. Seal and process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

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Town of Marion

2 teaspoons Rum Extract
1 teaspoon Orange Extract
1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Extract
1  teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Lynn Creek Mayhaw Wine