Bringing the community together was the goal of The Outlet Shops of Grand River’s first Mayfest.

The graveled area just outside of the Coach and Ann Taylor Loft stores was transformed into a carnival midway.

“Through our community partnerships we were able to bring together arts and entertainment, amusements with rides and games, and of course shopping to, create this family event,” said Christine Szalay, Vice President & General Manager for The Outlet Shops of Grand River.

Fun houses, tilt-a-whirls, carousels and slides drew the attention of children and those young at heart while adults enjoyed wood-carving demonstrations by Larry Burns and the opportunity to become an artist through creating their own “Sips and Strokes” style painting.

Georgi Bragg of Sophisticated Salvage Sips & Strokes in Huntsville was on hand showing participants how to create their own masterpiece by using three essential tools—caulk, paint and brushes.

Using salvaged wood pieces, Bragg likes to save and repurpose items such as particle board because of their automatic texture.

“This is a great event for the City of Leeds,” said District 4 Leeds City Councilman Craig Wadsworth.

Creating an event with the purpose of “the total family experience,” The Outlet Shops of Grand River look forward to making Mayfest an annual event.

Honored to have the support of the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Leeds and its citizens,

Szalay said, “The First Annual Grand River May Festival was a tremendous success.”

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