MINT HILL – While many people associate Mint Hill Madness with Memorial Day weekend, putting together one of the region’s largest festivals is a yearlong effort for Sheryl Smith.
Smith works as executive assistant for the Town of Mint Hill. This marks her fourth year coordinating the extravaganza.
“To me, it’s a small town festival that just brings the whole community together,” Smith said. “This just gives such a sense of community.”
Mint Hill Madness celebrates its 35th year May 25 to 27 at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Smith has rolled out a new logo commemorating the milestone and begun accepting applications from potential business, organization and artisan vendors.
“Every year we try to make it bigger and better,” Smith said.
That’s certainly the case with fireworks. The festival’s fireworks budget has doubled during her tenure. This past year, the president of the Mint Hill Events board came back from Disney World with the goal of giving the town something comparable.
“And they gave us a show like I’ve never seen,” Smith said.
Regional acts like Too Much Sylvia, The Entertainers and School of Rock have already been booked to perform live music at this year’s festival. Captain Jim Light, a magician that performs at festivals throughout the state, will provide entertainment for Sunday crowds.
One thing missing from last year’s festival was the classic car show. The Mint Hill Lions Club plans to revive it for this year’s event.
Smith said the Lions Club moved its 5K to a different weekend so that it didn’t conflict with Mint Hill Madness, but the car show will give the civic group an opportunity to raise money during the festival.
This year’s festival will have a slightly different route for the All-American Parade.
“Due to the construction that’s behind Publix, which is where we normally start our parade, we’re actually going to stage at Bain School and go to Publix,” Smith said.
Other attractions include a family carnival, football skills challenge and Battle of Mint Hill fitness competition.
Want to participate?
People interested in serving as vendors for Mint Hill Madness are encouraged to apply through www.minthillmadnessfestival.org.