Maifest events taking shape

After a year's absence due to COVID-19, organizers are forging ahead with plans to hold a series of Maifest activities for 2021.

Maifest is set for Saturday, May 15, and will be held at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheatre, 231 E. Fifth St.

One of the Maifest committee members, Colleen Murphy, said three musical acts are set to perform free concerts. They are The Hungry Five (noon to 2 p.m.), Good Turn Daily (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and Steff Mahan (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Concessions will be available on the grounds.

Musical ambassadors of the city of Hermann, The Hungry Five is a nationally known group that has appeared at the German embassy in Washington, D.C., and completed a concert tour in Germany. The group specializes in German music and has been active over 60 years. Good Turn Daily is a traditional bluegrass band from Columbia that plays bluegrass, gospel, folk, roots and classic country music with a bluegrass flair. Steff Mahan is a Nashville-based singer and songwriter. She features an Americana mix of rock, roots, folk and country selections.

The Maifest Parade will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The parade will feature bands, floats, horses, children, clubs, and all kinds of vehicles -- with Murphy saying it's hoped a collection of Volkswagens will join in the fun.

The route begins at Lower City Park, behind the fire station and near the RV park and swimming pool. The entries will move along 11th Street and then to Washington, Sixth Street, Market, Fourth Street, Schiller Street, First Street, and Gutenberg before disbanding at the amphitheater. Parade applications may be requested at Hermann City Hall or by emailing to maifest@visithermann.com.

The all-new Maifest Maker's Market ("Handwerkermarkt") will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the amphitheater. The event will connect makers with people who appreciate unique and handmade items. Numerous handcraft vendors will be on site, including a local craft brewery and two local distilleries.

The virus virtually eliminated the entire Maifest 2020, limiting organizers to several online features and a Maifest pole at Historic Hermann.