WAXHAW – Now in its seventh year, Waxhaw’s Spring Fest is rolling out the red carpet for moms this year in honor of Mother’s Day.
This year’s Spring Fest is Saturday and Sunday, May 12 to 13, and because Sunday is Mother’s Day, organizers are making sure there’s plenty for moms to do with their little ones.
Saturday’s event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and beginning at 10 a.m., mom’s and daughters can sit down for a Princess Tea Party featuring three Disney princesses.
At 11:30 a.m., there’s the Miss Manners Tea Party where volunteers from the Museum of the Waxhaws will teach proper table manners, how to hold your teacup, as well as story telling.
The Waxhaw Reading Room used bookstore also will provide coupons during those tea parties for kids to get a free book.
And, because they don’t want to leave out the boys, at 1 p.m. Saturday, mothers and sons can attend an ice cream social featuring Jolly Roger the Pirate where participants can make their own ice cream sundaes.
“The whole idea is to have moms spend quality time with their kids,” event coordinator Lisa Hoffman said.
The cost to attend the Miss Manners Tea Party and Ice Cream Social is $5 per person for each event, the Princess Tea Party is sold out.
From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, kids will have an opportunity to make their mom a gift with Bean and Belle Children’s Art Studio and Macaroni Kid. Kids will be able to make cards, paper flower bouquets or macaroni necklaces.
Sunday’s event is from noon to 6 p.m. and from 2 to 3:30 p.m., 10 moms, who have won a makeover through a contest on the town’s Facebook page, will show off their new looks during a fashion show put on by GG Fashions, Second Chance Boutique, Twice is Nice Boutique and the Bead Merchants. Admission is free with a donation to Turning Point of Union County.
The fashion show will be located across from Southsiders on E. North Main Street.
And in previous years, Hoffman said the band stage was located by the pedestrian bridge, but this year it will be in the center of all the action at the corner of Highway 16 and North Main Street. Performers this year include Jonathan Brooks, Carson Hill, SCOOT and Union Jazz.
This year’s kid zone will feature Quirky the Clown, the Hoola Hoop Lady, balloon artist Mark Gabriel, a magician, and the Carolina Raptor Center and Walk in the Woods will provide hands-on animal activities.
The Waxhaw Animal Hospital also is hosting their annual Clever Canine Competition, at the hospital, 601 N. Church St.
Hoffman added as of Monday, April 30, there were 95 arts and craft vendors signed up to participate, so the streets will be jam packed.
“We’re full and almost ready,” she said. “We just have some final preparations to make.”
And with an estimated 10,000 visitors expected, parking will likely be an issue, but there are free, public lots on Church Street, at BB&T and the town’s Skate Park.
Once those spots are full, it’s every man and woman for themselves.
For more information on the event, visit the town’s website at www.waxhaw.com.