The mission of Mayfest is to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs.

 

For more than 48 years, Fort Worth's most beloved festival - Mayfest - has brought the Fort Worth Community together in beautiful Trinity Park on the banks of the Trinity River to celebrate the best of Fort Worth.

MAYFEST BEGAN IN 1973 AS THE TRINITY RIVER FESTIVAL

The festival was a celebration of hard work and great success in improving the unsightliness that was left after the devastating Fort Worth flood of 1949. This magnificent event was the beginning of Fort Worth's most popular family festival. Since it’s beginning, the festival has been a collaborative effort, combining volunteerism and community resources.

MAYFEST INC. WAS INCORPORATED AS A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION IN SEPTEMBER 1987.

The purpose of Mayfest is to raise funds for community programs, for the recreational development of the Trinity River, and for support of our city’s parks. The Mayfest, Inc. Board of Directors consists of representatives from the four original sponsors (the Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., the City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department, Streams and Valleys, Inc., and the Tarrant Regional Water District) and leaders of our community. Along with the Board of Directors, the Mayfest, Inc. Executive Director oversees the operation of the corporation and the staff and volunteers who plan and implement the festival.

THROUGHOUT ITS RICH HISTORY, MAYFEST CONTINUES TO CHANGE WITH THE TIMES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS EACH YEAR.

The festival includes an Art & Gift Market, Tom Thumb Albertsons Children's Area, Riverbank Area, Midway Area, Zone Area, Senior Citizen's Day, Military Appreciation admission and music and performing arts entertainment on seven stages. There are a number of special attraction shows, rides, activities, games and a delectable offering of food and beverages. From young to old, Mayfest includes something for everyone and entertains the entire family.

PROFITS FROM MAYFEST, INC., WHICH EXCEED $7.5 MILLION, ARE RETURNED TO THE COMMUNITY.

With the cooperative effort and shared commitment to the community, Mayfest will continue to increase the awareness of the parks and river, and enhance the quality of life in the Fort Worth community for years to come.

Elizabeth Basham
Elizabeth Basham
Executive Director

Elizabeth joined the staff of Mayfest, Inc. in July 2008 as the first Executive Director after serving as a volunteer for the previous eight years. Her leadership and event management skills are main components of the festival’s success after the 2009 closure from the H1N1 pandemic. Despite suffering such a large loss that year, Mayfest is on firm financial footing and poised for another 43 years of bringing the Fort Worth community together. Elizabeth is married to her college sweetheart and they have three boys who have literally grown up at Mayfest! Elizabeth loves being a part of the Mayfest family and embraces the mission of giving back to the great city of Fort Worth!

Emily Allison
Emily Allison
Marketing Manager

Emily started as a Mayfest volunteer in 2014 and was quickly snatched up to be on staff! Her enthusiasm is infectious and her organizational skills keep the office running smoothly. "From my first day as a Mayfest volunteer, I was hooked! I loved the atmosphere that is created from so many different people working together for the greater cause of benefitting our community. I love the festival even more as a staff member. I cannot imagine being anywhere else!" Emily graduated from TCU where she met her husband. They live in Fort Worth with their two daughters who love to spend hours upon hours at the festival. 

Valerie Jay
Valerie Jay
Project Manager

Valerie came to Mayfest by way of one its founding partners, Streams & Valleys, Inc. She began volunteering for the festival in response to her desire to serve the organization and its mission in the community. Before she knew it, Valerie had fallen in love with the Mayfest! “Nothing can beat the feeling of coming together with volunteers, sponsors, TRWD, and PACS to create such a special event for this city. Mayfest is a shining example of the partnerships that make Fort Worth unique.” As Project Manager, Valerie relies on her obsession with lists, spreadsheets and details to coordinate Volunteers, the Art & Gift area, and Entertainment for the festival. Fort Worth as been her home since graduating from TCU. She has raised three Fort Worth Proud children, and crosses her fingers that they will each settle here also.

Sarah Shaw
Sarah Shaw
Operations Manager

Sarah's Mayfest experience started as many Fort Worth residents did as a childhood attendee and dance participant. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Marketing. From 2014-2018, Sarah volunteered at the festival through her membership with the Junior League of Fort Worth. She worked as a part-time office assistant at Mayfest before officially joining the staff as Operations Manager in 2019. Sarah has a husband and two children, all of whom love the festival as much as she does.

Teri McGuill
Teri McGuill
President

Teri joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2015. She is currently serving as Board President.

Rachel Phillips
Rachel Phillips
Vice President

Rachel joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2015, but has been attending Mayfest since she was a small child. She is currently the marketing coordinator at The Rios Group, Inc. and is involved with the Junior League of Fort Worth and the YMCA. 

Larry Kardaras
Larry Kardaras
Treasurer

Larry joined the Board of Directors in 2018 after serving for many years on the advisory committee. Larry has been a long-time volunteer and supporter of Mayfest.

Brianna Morris
Brianna Morris
Secretary

Brianna joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2018 as one of the representatives from Tarrant Regional Water District where she currently serves as Community Relations Manager. She is looking forward to attending Mayfest, particularly listening to the live music. 

Katie Briggs
Katie Briggs
Member

Katie has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2018 and is a senior accountant with American Association of Professional Landmen. Growing up in Fort Worth, she attended Mayfest each year and looked forward to the confetti eggs. She now enjoys sitting with her husband listening to the musical entertainment. Katie is also involved with the Junior League of Fort Worth, Camp Fire First Texas, Cook Children's 7th Avenue, Where the Heart Is Furniture Bank and Fort Worth CPAs.

Janet Bubert
Janet Bubert
Member

Janet has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. 

David Creek
David Creek
Member

David is serving on the Mayfest Board of Directors as a representative from the Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department. David joined the Board in 2018 and has been a long-time supporter of Mayfest.

Ashley Freer
Ashley Freer
Member

Ashley joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2018 as one of two representatives from the Junior League of Fort Worth, one of the founding organizations of Mayfest. Ashley is currently serving as president for the Junior League of Fort Worth.

Randle Harwood
Randle Harwood
Member

Randle has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2003 when he was appointed as the Acting Parks Director. He currently serves as the Planning and Development Director for the City of Fort Worth. Randle loves "the stories people tell about the tree they got 15 years ago that is now providing shade in their yard - now that is making a difference!" Randle also serve on the Boards of Fort Worth Credit Union, Botanic Research Institute of Texas, and Multicultural Alliance. 

Kat Hopkins
Kat Hopkins
Member

Kat joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2019. She is a longtime attendee of Mayfest and is looking forward to learning the "behind-the-scenes" workings of Mayfest.

Cassie King
Cassie King
Member

Cassie joined the Board of Directors in 2018. 

Bryan Liles
Bryan Liles
Member

Bryan has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2011, including serving as vice president in 2012 and a three-year term as president from 2013 to 2016. Bryan is currently the Director of Commercial Lending for EECU in Fort Worth. In addition to Mayfest, Bryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and has been the Chairman of the Officials Host Committee since 2003. Bryan has been part of the Greeting Committee for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo since 1997 and is currently a Livestock Superintendent for the Jr. Wether Goat Show and serves on the Super Shootout Committee and Agricultural Development. Bryan was selected by the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate as a member in the fall of 2017.

Darlene Mann
Darlene Mann
Member

Darlene joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2019 as a representative of Streams & Valleys, Inc. 

Jennifer Massey
Jennifer Massey
Member

Jennifer joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2019. Though she is new, Jennifer was an integral part of the planning of Taste of Clearfork. She is looking forward learning more about the Mayfest festival, as well as the organization.

Natalie Martin
Natalie Martin
Member

Natalie originally joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2016 as one of the two representatives from the Junior League of Fort Worth. After her term expired, the Mayfest Board of Directors asked Natalie to return as a community representative. Natalie brings a great amount of knowledge and experience to the Mayfest Board.

Nestor Martinez
Nestor Martinez
Member

Nestor joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2018.

Lisa O'Connor
Lisa O'Connor
Member

Lisa has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 and served as Board Secretary. She has been attending or volunteering at Mayfest since 1978, serving on the Mayfest Central Committee for several years as well as Mayfest Chairman. "I love watching kids grow up and bring their kids back to enjoy the same things they did - it's a true testament to what Mayfest represents!" Lisa is the Coding Department Manager at Abeo.

Stacey Pierce
Stacey Pierce
Member

Stacey joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2013 as a representative from Streams & Valleys, Inc. where she is the executive director. Stacey looks forward to cohosting the VIP Party at Mayfest each year where she mingles with great friends and enjoys the beautiful park.  

Amber Robertson
Amber Robertson
Member

Amber joined the Board of Directors in 2019 as one of the two representatives from the Junior League of Fort Worth, where she is currently serving as president-elect.

Eric Schrader
Eric Schrader
Board Member

Eric Schrader returned as a Board of Director member in 2017 after sitting on the Mayfest Advisory Committee. Eric brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the Board of Directors.

Bart Tucker
Bart Tucker
Member

Bart has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. Bart, a partner in Roach, Howard, Smith & Barton, is a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. He has been attending Mayfest since the mid-80s when his wife was a volunteer. As a Board Member, Bart likes the experience of seeing Mayfest come together on opening day. Bart is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Angela Stanford Foundation.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Larry Anfin      Harriet Harral      Joy Ann Havran    Chad Lorance    Jennifer Massey

Phil Norwood    Kristy Odom    Jim Oliver    Bob Riley    Kathy Saunders

 

Most people who enjoy Mayfest do so because it’s a fun way to make lasting memories with their family and friends. But Mayfest is more than just a festival!  The proceeds generated by this wonderful event are used to provide grants to our three founding organizations further enhancing the quality of life for North Texans. In the history of Mayfest, more than $7,500,000 has been given back to the community!

The following grants have been awarded totaling $135,000 from the proceeds from the 2018 Mayfest Festival.

Streams & Valleys, Inc.

Streams & Valleys is awarded $25,000 which has been allotted to:

  • Confluences Meeting - community presentation of Streams & Valleys's strategic plan to further enhance development of the Trinity River

 

 

 

The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department

PARD receives a grant in the amount of $50,000 to be used for:

  • Port-a-Let Enclosure in Trinity Park - helps create a safer, more attractive environment in Trinity Park

 

Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.

The Junior League of Fort Worth has been awarded $60,000 to be used for: 

  • Kids in the Kitchen - empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.
  • Pancake Breakfast - provide a morning filled with family fun activities and a delicious pancake breakfast for over 300 patients at Cook Children's Hospital
  • All Aboard Training Program - prepare women to be effective leaders in the community through critical training, seminars and interactions with community leaders.