Chilly weather, sharks in forecast as Mayfest weekend begins

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If you go Mayfest runs through Sunday at Trinity Park off University Drive and I-30 in Fort Worth. Hours: 3:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $8 for ages 13 and over; $5 for ages 3-12; free for 2 and under. Senior citizens, ages 60 and older: $5 Friday through Sunday; free on Thursday. Military discount: $5 Thursday through Saturday; free on Sunday for military and their spouses. Parking: $10 per car at Farrington Field, 1501 N. University Drive; free at LaGrave Field, 6th and Calhoun streets, with shuttle buses to the Mayfest site. Source: Mayfest.org

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Despite the meteorological mysteries that often accompany Mayfest, people have been flocking to Trinity Park’s annual rite of spring festival for 41 years.

Sure enough, a strong cold front arrived this morning, bringing with it cold air, blustery wind and the possibility of an afternoon shower.

And if the chilly weather isn’t enough to send shivers up your spine, the jaw-dropping Live Shark Encounters exhibit just might. Mayfest’s newest attraction features a tank full of sharks, an exhibit of shark artifacts and a shark diving cage that’s sure to be a favorite photo opp.

Old favorites from years past will be returning, including the Great American Duck Races and Sandpile Creations.

Seven stages of entertainment, including four performing arts stages and three dedicated music stages offering, pop, rock, country, Texas country, jazz, oldies, and bluegrass will be set up around the area.

Plenty of food and beverage stands and arts and crafts will also be scattered around the festival grounds.

Today’s high will be in the mid-50s, with only a slight change between morning and afternoon, said meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

“It will be a bit breezy, with winds from the north at 20 to 25 miles an hour in the morning and about 30 miles an hour in the afternoon,” she said. Chance of rain is 40 percent in the afternoon, diminishing to about 20 percent in the evening.

Friday morning will be the coldest day of the festival, starting out in the upper 30s after the clouds clear, Gudmestad said.

“The record low for Friday was 41,” and was set May 3, Gudmestad said, “so it very well may be a record-breaking day.”

The weekend will be excellent Mayfest weather, though, with clear to partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657 Twitter: @shirljinkins

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