You couldn’t ask for better weather for Mayfest.
“It’s looking pretty nice, dry through the whole period,” said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Rain is not in the picture for the four-day run of the spring festival, which begins Thursday and continues through Sunday in Trinity Park, west of downtown.
The thermometer should be in the upper 60s when gates open at 3:30 p.m., and won’t rise higher than the lower 70s, Moore said. The same conditions will greet Friday crowds, Moore said. But Saturday and Sunday guests will see highs in the mid-80s, and the wind will pick up a bit on Sunday.
“The good thing is there will be no rain, no tornadoes, no hail,” Moore said. “This will be a very nice time to have Mayfest.”
New this year is Best of the Fest, a contest devoted to the best food options.
“The vendors who win will get ribbons to hang on their booths,” said Mayfest spokeswoman Carrie Cappel. “You’ll be able to tell what foods our judges thought were tops.”
Also new is an act like nothing Cappel had ever heard.
“ Mutt-allica is a dog-and-pony show, but so much more,” she said.
Fifteen animals that Tom and Mary Clements rescued, adopted or “found on the streets” form the foundation of an act that includes Dixie, a miniature horse.
“I’ve seen a pony paint, and I’ve seen a pony play basketball,” Cappel said. “But I never saw one pony do both until now.”
If you go
Mayfest runs Thursday 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: free on Thursday; $5 Friday through Sunday.
Military: Free for active or retired military personnel, veterans with ID, dependents, and up to five family members.
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.