North Myrtle Beach 8th annual Mayfest on Main Street

Today was the 8th annual Mayfest on Main Street festival. Each year the event takes place on Mother's Day weekend.

Families and friends enjoyed music, food, and arts and crafts. Organizers said this is North Myrtle Beach's unofficial kick off to summer.

This festival also helps the local economy and local organizations.

“It's a boost to our economy. We've got thousands of people out here on the streets right now,” said Callie Jean Wise, North Myrtle Beach superintendent of programs and events.

“We're here today to raise funds, selling chances to win a TV set and the bulk of the money will go to a toys for tots program we have later in the year,” said Jack Cosgrove, a marine corps league member.

Mayfest kicks off a busy time on the north end. Thousands are expected in Little River next week for the Blue Crab Festival.

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