This Weekend, A Nashville Tradition: Maifest!

By Alex Haglund

It’s Memorial Day weekend and it’s time for an annual tradition, Maifest, hosted by the Nashville Lions Club at Memorial Park on May 22, 23 and 24.

Maifest will feature softball games, plenty of music and entertainment, and inflatables for kids. Things kick off Friday night at 7 p.m. with games on all three diamonds and music by Nick Hamilton, One Man Band.

On Saturday, there will be more ballgames and a DJ for music Saturday night. The last little league games will be played Sunday.

Along with the adult ballgames, there will be a little league tournament organized for Maifest by Jeremy Stein.

Maifest started in 1973, originally put together by the Nashville Jaycees. The Lions took over from the Jaycees when that club disbanded, about 15 years ago.

“With this being our biggest fundraiser, it affects our ability to donate throughout the community,” said Lion Gary Malawy who is working to organize Maifest.

Last week, The Nashville News ran a photo of Malawy presenting a $1,000 donation to the Nashville Fireworks, money that comes from Maifest proceeds.

The Lions Club will be purchasing new Christmas lights for the light poles in Nashville for next year, at a cost of $7,500. The club spent about $5,000 purchasing tickets for the movies for all the elementary school-aged children in Nashville.

“There are two scholarships from the Lions Club,” Malawy added, “$1,000 a piece.”

“The fundamental principal behind the Lions is ‘sight and sound’,” Malawy said, “so we donate lenses and glasses to those people who can’t afford them, or hearing aids to those who can’t hear.”

Maifest t-shirts are also available for sale. T-shirts will be for sale at the event, as well as at Krehbiel and Associates and at Access Healthcare. They are $5 each for Lions Club members, $7 each otherwise.

For More, Please Read The May 20, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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