If it’s the first Saturday in May, it’s May Day in Mendon. Mendon Mayor Ed Buist is inviting everyone in Cache Valley to come over for the 153rd annual May Day celebration which actually begins Friday evening.
The celebration continues all day Saturday on Mendon Square.
The May Day Dance begins Friday night at 7 p.m. at Mountainside Elementary School. Mayor Buist says it is especially exciting this year because his 17-year-old daughter Katelyn is the May Queen for 2016.
“My wife and I introduce the court then they do a little floor show. Then the kids have fun dancing all night long. Tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock we’ll have the procession of the court. They’ll have the crowning of the May Queen and then the little girls, the Maypole Dancers, will braid the Maypole.”
The braiding of the Maypole on May Day is a town tradition and the mayor says there are five poles this year. More than 80 girls from first through fifth grade will be participating.
There is a May Day program after the Maypole braiding at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then festivities will continue throughout the day.
Mayor Buist says he is hoping for good weather but arrangements have been made if it is not.