Mendon May Day— 1982
Mendon Plans May Day Fest— Mendon will celebrate May Day, a tradition in the town since the 1800’s, at the Mendon city square Saturday. The crowning of May Queen Laura Lloyd and the maypole dance will begin the day at 10:00 a.m. A program will be presented in the church house at 10:30 a.m. Throughout the afternoon, foot races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, tug-of-war and softball games will be held. Food stands will be open all afternoon also and there will be a bake sale. A dance will wrap up the day’s activities. It begins at 8:30 p.m. in the church house with music by “Catalyst.” A number of young people will assist in the crowning of the May queen. The queen’s court includes maids of honor, Mary Ann Shelton, Lisa Jackson, Alisa Fletcher, Vicky Woodbrey, Jeannie Yonk, LaNa Bodily; flower girl Shana Buxton; consort Brian Earl; escorts, Patric Cadman, Kevin Bird, Matthew Cheney, John Lund, Victor Chee, Todd Shelton; and crown bearer Benjamin Banham.
Ideal Weather For Fests, Wellsville, Mendon Residents Participate— Residents of Wellsville and Mendon took advantage of ideal weather conditions Saturday to stage city-wide outdoor events. In Mendon, some sixty-two elementary school girls danced their way around three maypoles, continuing Mendon’s traditional celebration that started in the 1860’s. The three poles —decorated with pink and yellow streamers, matching the colors of the girls’ dresses— were the most ever used in the celebration. After the morning dance, coronation and traditional program, children’s games were conducted on the town square during the afternoon. An evening dance culminated the day’s activities. One Mendon couple, Wyand and Lindi Hart, had four daughters participating in the maypole dance. Anjanette, eleven, Marcianne, ten Kamilynne, eight, and Kristalou, six, all joined in the practices that started in late March. “It all comes together on May Day,” said Lindi Hart. “I also have one daughter who wasn’t old enough (In grades 1–6) to participate in the dance yet, so I figured out that I will eventually make thirty-two May Day dresses.” Eleventh grade girls are eligible to be the queen of the celebration. Laura Lloyd was the queen this year.
Printed May Day Program: Mendon May Day, May 1st, 1982, 10:00 a.m. Queen’s Court: May Queen, Laura Lloyd; Consort, Bryan Earl; Flower Girl, Shana Buxton; Crown Bearer, Benjamin Banham. Maids of Honor with Escorts: Mary Ann Shelton with Patrick Cadman, LaNa Bodily with Todd Shelton, Jeannie Yonk with Vince Chee, Lisa Fletcher with Matthew Cheney, Vicki Woodbrey with John Lund, Lisa Jackson with Kevin Bird. Maypole Dance Instructors: Vicky Doolittle, Claudia Larsen, Lindi Hart, Mary Jean Campbell, Melinda Fryer and Wanda Banham. The 62 Maypole Dancers for 1982—
|Tammy Thompson||Teresa Groll||Rosemarie Barrett||Heidi Melcher|
|Anjanette Hart||Kamilynne Hart||Jennifer Hansen||Suzanne Hansen|
|Nanette Murray||Donnelle Shelton||Jill Fonnesbeck||Shara Doolittle|
|Rebekah Cheney||Wendy Fryer||Jennilyn Quinlan||Tarisa Whitney|
|Nancy Myers||Tami Erickson||Kaari Lund||Jeannie Poulsen|
|Amy Watkins||Jennifer Hofler||Marcianne Hart||Kristalou Hart|
|Janna Doolittle||Lisa Hopkins||Jenny Hyer||Loni Bird|
|Teri Erickson||Heather Walbridge||Jennilyn Lemon||Jennifer Balls|
|Lisa Whoolery||Michelle Bradshaw||April Johnson||Eulesa Johnson|
|Melisa Larsen||Shanan Roos||Toni Larsen||Kimberly Olsen|
|Julie Thompson||Stefanie Kraus||Cari Hyer||Camille Campbell|
|Trina Clemensen||Alison Clemensen||Penny Woodbrey||Nina Grover|
|Jenniffer Fryer||Katie Krebs||Angela Nelson||Janell Nelson|
|Krecia Banham||Rachael Owens||Krista Burlile||Mandy Fryer|
|Lisa Larsen||Sarah Walbridge||Taccy Buxton||Christi Roos|
|Paula Palmer||Krista Olsen|
May Day Program: We welcome you to our May Day festivities and we especially welcome our former queens. We hope that you will enjoy the day with us and have a good and memorable time. Introduction of Queen’s Court, T. Kay Sorensen; May Day songs, T. Kay Sorensen, accompanist Norma Myers; prayer, Bishop Paul Willie; welcome and presentation of trophy, John Lund; musical number, Jenae Baker, Gary Woodward, Janae Hyer, Doug Larsen, Tana Johnson, Scott Linsey, Joy Drollinger and Joe Hahme; Speaker, Gary Hudson; musical number, Sharman and Linda Picture; speaker, Glenn Buist; queen’s court musical number, vocal solo by Kathy Lindbloom; prayer Bishop Stan Buxton. Afternoon Schedule of Events: Races, tug-of-war, etc., 1:30 p.m.; junior softball game, Mendon First vs. Mendon Second, 3:00 p.m.; First ward girls and fathers vs. Second ward girls and fathers, 4:30 p.m.; May Day dance, the group playing is Catalyst, 8:30 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be served continually from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the food stand by the ball diamond. Special thanks to all of you for making this a success; Mendon First and Second Ward Sunday school presidencies and activities committees.
Picture Caption: Laura Lloyd reigned as queen of the annual May Day celebration in Mendon. Her consort was Bryan Earl. Attending her were flower girl Shana Buxton and crown bearer Benjamin Banham. Text Included with Picture: Mendon residents recently celebrated their annual May Day festivities. The traditional May Day has been observed in Mendon for over 100 years, dating back prior to 1864. The traditional maypole was danced and braided by sixty-two young girls ages six to twelve. The queen’s court was also honored with Laura Lloyd as queen and Bryan Earl as consort.
Picture Caption: Greg Larsen nine and Kurt Kotter twelve, had some trouble crossing the finish line, but were exuberant nonetheless as they completed the human wheel barrow race during Mendon’s May Day celebration Saturday