The 19th annual Starks Mayhaw Festival kicks off Thursday, May 19th at 4 p.m. All vendors will be open at this time. The talent Show will start at 7:30 p.m. Entry forms may be downloaded at The entry fee is $10.

On Friday, May 20, school will dismiss at noon. The Bike Parade lineup is at 2:30 p.m. with the Bike Parade starting at 3 p.m. Parade Marshals will be Martin Johnson and the Starks High School Class C Basketball Champions.

The festival opens at 4 p.m. Awards for the Bike Parade will be given at this time. All vendor booths will be open.

The Courtesy Booth will open Saturday morning, May 21st at 8:30 a.m. to serve biscuits, Mayhaw jelly, and fresh churned butter. There will be a jelly making demonstration after the biscuits have been served. Mr. Hershel Frazier, of DeQuincy will be grinding corn into cornmeal also at the Courtesy Booth.

Kid Games start at 10 a.m. with the scavenger hunt. Each contestant must have an adult with them to participate. Sign up is in the pavilion. A cash drawing will be held for all though who enter the scavenger hunt. All Mayhaw Queens both past and present are invited to come and participate in these games.

The Starks Domino Tournament will also be on Saturday, May 21st. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with games to start at 9 a.m. Call Sam Berwick, 743-6182 for more information. 
Introduction of the Starks Mayhaw Festival Queen’s court will be at 12 noon. Queens need to meet at the pavilion around 11:30 a.m.

The auction will begin at 1 p.m. Auctioneer will be Roy Hoosier. The school, fire department, historical society, Lions Club, VFW Ladies Aux, and churches will provide the items for the auction. Come out and support these worthy causes.

On Saturday, May 21, Brad Brinkley and Comfort Zone will entertain at 5:30 p.m.. Michael Sarver, American Idol finalist, will perform on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Michael is a native of Sulphur and now lives in Jasper. He won his first Talent Show Contest at the Starks Mayhaw Festival Talent Show.

There will be many vendors. Food vendors will have funnel cakes, hot links, hamburgers, jambalaya, rib eye sandwiches, blooming onions, baked potatoes, fried fish, shrimp baskets, barbecue sandwiches, and many more.

The Starks Volunteer Fireman Fund will have Mayhaw trees for sale. The booth will open on Thursday at 4 p.m. The firemen will have a weed eater for a $1.00 donation.

The Starks Historical Society will have books for sale. Genealogy information will be available. They will also have a wood burning grill for a $1.00 donation per ticket. They are in the process of buying a building for the Historical Society.

The Starks Lions Club will again have their hot links for  sale. The Starks Lions Club is a service club that helps to support the youth of Starks. Each year they give two scholarships to the seniors at Starks High School.

There will be no alcoholic beverages allowed and no pets allowed except for service animals. Bring your lawn chairs.