The second annual May Madness festival drew an even larger crowd than last year with more events and more streets filled with activities, said festival planner Jennifer Stephenson.
Stephenson said the event was a success that she believes will continue to grow each year.
"There were more people this year than last year," she said. "Some vendors there told me they think it will continue to grow every year. We added some new things this year. We had tractors, motorcycles and extended the music until 8 p.m. We closed off more streets this year and had a larger kid's zone with Kona Ice and games and activities for the children to do. Next year we plan on having a petting zoo."
Stephenson said among the new events at May Madness was a pet costume contest hosted by Melton Veterinary Hospital.
"There was also a quilt show in the Visitor's Center," she said. "They displayed quilts and worked on them there."
Keep Morehouse Beautiful President Vicki Carpenter said the number of the crowd was hard to determine, with no gates anywhere, but she believes the crowd could have easily numbered 2,000.
"The festival is all about celebrating Morehouse Parish and all proceeds go back to improvements for future festivals," Carpenter said.
Stephenson said the car show was a hit with the crowd again this year.
"We had an art show, too," she said. "Prairie View's art class was displaying their art. We hope to make it a bigger show next year and include more schools. We also had volunteer artists repainting the faded wall by the Visitor's Center."
Another new event that Stephenson said was a success was a baseball tournament.
Stephenson said the money raised from the baseball tournament and the festival will go back into the community of Morehouse Parish.
"Last year we provided benches for areas around the courthouse," she said. "We have not tallied up the amounts yet, but the money raised will go back to improving our community."