Mayhaw Festival

LAKE CHARLES — The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Starks Mayhaw Festival as a 2017 Top 20 Event for the month of May.   

Celebrating 25 years, the festival features carnival rides, arts & crafts, live music, delicious Southern food and enough berries and jelly for the whole family. Festival grounds are located at the corners of Highways 109 and 12.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, May 18 with a pirate theme costume contest at 6 p.m., followed by the talent show at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, May 19, the bike parade rolls at 3 p.m. and local gospel performers, including the Ball Brothers, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Get your fill of biscuits, jelly and home-churned butter on Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m., followed by the highlight of the festival, the Mayhaw Jelly Contest at 10 a.m. Closing out the festival is the Cypress Band, featuring Warren Storm and Willie T, at 7:30 p.m.

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. Therefore, the potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit