Cheney Mayfest: Celebrating Historic Downtown and EWU

On Saturday, May 11, from 1-9 p.m., the first annual Cheney Mayfest takes place downtown. The event will feature a walk to benefit the American Cancer Society, as well as art, music, drama, games, food and beverages. As a community event should, Mayfest will see a heavy EWU influence.

Spearheaded by Jason Williams at Owl Pharmacy, Danielle LaBar of The Mason Jar and Dori Byrd of Holiday Inn Express, the fun event is a concerted effort by downtown businesses to engage the community, university and downtown district during a beautiful and exciting time of year.

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. with a philanthropy walk to fight cancer. The activity is all-inclusive; even the heaviest of couch potatoes can participate, as it’s .34-kilometers in distance – that’s right, the “4½  Block Walk” will tour the downtown corridor, passing through shops and restaurants where snacks and beverages will be available. In addition, watering stations along the route will ensure the hydration of everyone as they amble along all 1,115.49 feet of sidewalk.

EWU’s involvement consists of art students plying their craft on the streets of downtown; you can watch as they paint and sculpt masterpieces that will then be displayed in a travelling exhibit in downtown businesses.

Allowing art students to showcase their work in the community is just one way the festival’s symbiotic relationship benefits all participants. Live music featuring EWU students and faculty – including a classical guitarist, jazz and a hip-hop/jazz group – will highlight some of the live entertainment. Additionally, Eagle Entertainment will provide the sound setup. The main stage will be in the Owl Pharmacy parking lot. Drama students will also perform “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.”

Additionally, typical street fair activities will entertain young and old(er) alike – everything from beer and wine gardens at The Mason Jar and Zentropa (complete with pizza samples) to a giant Jenga game, face painting and balloon animals.

The cancer walk benefits West Plains Relay for Life, part of the American Cancer Society. You can register for $15, with all proceeds going to the non-profit organization, or you can just show up and walk the route in celebration of downtown Cheney. You can still sign-up, help fight cancer and receive a t-shirt and goodie packet the day of monster downtown walk by registering at a table that will be in the Chase Bank parking lot at noon on Saturday.

For more information, check out the Cheney Mayfest page on Facebook.