The Mission of Mayfest is to raise funds for community non-profit programs and for continued improvement and awareness of the Trinity River and surrounding parks through a combination of volunteerism and community resources.

 

For more than 46 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 Parks and Community Services 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 Children's Area, Riverbank Area, Sports Area, Frost Zone Area, the Mayfest Run, 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 $7.4 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!

Tracy Barry
Tracy Barry
Operations Manager

Tracy started volunteering with Mayfest in 2003 when her two girls were very little. Eleven years later, they look back on Mayfest as a huge part of their childhood! Tracy loves the camaraderie of the volunteers and coworkers as well as the hard work that goes into the festival and what it gives back to the community. As Operations Manager, she oversees the set-up of the festival by PACS and TRWD; as the Financial Manager, she handles all the accounting for Mayfest. Her family has grown up with Mayfest, it’s in their blood, and they look forward to many more years!

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 daughter and two dogs. 

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.

Bart Tucker
Bart Tucker
President

Bart has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. He currently serves as the Board President. 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 volunteered for Mayfest. Bart is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Angela Stanford Foundation.

Teri McGuill
Teri McGuill
Vice President

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

Debbie Boudreaux
Debbie Boudreaux
Treasurer

Debbie has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer. A long-serving volunteer on the Mayfest Central Committee, Debbie oversaw many different areas including The Run, Food & Beverage, Tickets, Grounds, and ultimately Mayfest Chairman. "My favorite part of Mayfest is walking through the park and seeing the excitement in the eyes of the children as they experience Mayfest for the first time, knowing that they will, like my sons, grow up loving Mayfest as much as I do!"

Lisa O'Connor
Lisa O'Connor
Secretary

Lisa has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 and currently serves 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.

Janet Bubert
Janet Bubert
Member

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

Carrie Cappel
Carrie Cappel
Member

Carrie has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. She is a long-time volunteer of the festival.

Will Churchill
Will Churchill
Member

Will has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013. A life-long resident of Fort Worth, Will is a fourth-generation car dealer. He also serves on the Cadillac National Advertising Committee and the Cadillac National Dealer Council Board of Directors.

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. 

Mary Ann Kleuser
Mary Ann Kleuser
Member
Bryan Liles
Bryan Liles
Member

Bryan has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2011. 

Chad Lorance
Chad Lorance
Member

Chad Lorance has served on the Mayfest Board of Directors since 2010, including a three-year stint as president from 2011-2013.  He represents the Tarrant Regional Water District, one of Mayfest's founding partners. Chad serves as the district's communications manager, overseeing TRWD's media and community relations activities. He and his wife have two children who absolutely adore Mayfest!

Natalie Martin
Natalie Martin
Member

Natalie joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2016. She is one of two representatives from the Junior League of Fort Worth, one of the founding organizations of Mayfest. Natalie currently serves as the President for the Junior League of Fort Worth.

Rachel Phillips
Rachel Phillips
Member

Rachel joined the Mayfest Board of Directors in 2015.

Stacey Pierce
Stacey Pierce
Member

Stacey has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014, serving as the representative from Streams & Valley's, Inc. Stacey is the Executive Director of Streams & Valleys, Inc.

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.

Richard Zavala
Richard Zavala
Member

Richard has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008. He is the Director of Park and Recreation Department for the City of Fort Worth. Richard is also a member of the Board of Directors for Tarrant Area Food Bank, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and The Fort Worth After School Program. 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Larry Anfin      Harriet Harral      Joy Ann Havran    Larry Kardaras

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 45-year history of Mayfest, more than $7,400,000 has been given back to the community!

The following grants have been awarded totaling $289,900 from the proceeds from the 2017 Mayfest Festival.

Streams & Valleys, Inc.

Streams & Valleys is awarded $95,000 which has been allotted to:

  • Construction, Bid Phase and Management Documents - allows for the bid of a masterplan for The Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge Plaza and the establishment of the final cost for construction

 

 

 

The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department

PARD receives a grant in the amount of $98,000 to be used for:

  • Port-a-Let Enclosure in Trinity Park - helps create a safer, more attractive environment in Trinity Park
  • Upgrade in Sound System - allows for consistent quality audio and sound effects for spectators and performers
  • Archiving System - necessary to ensure the security and longevity of historical plans and documents related to the City of Fort Worth Park System

 

 

Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.

The Junior League of Fort Worth has been awarded $96,900 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.