From its humble beginning as a Valentine-themed festival in 1922 to today’s carnival extravaganza, May Fete continues to delight generations of Wyoming residents and raise vital funds for our school district.
Friday, May 19, 2017
11am – 10pm (Rain or Shine!)
Wyoming Avenue/Village Green in Downtown Wyoming, Ohio
All-day carnival featuring rides, games, coronation, food and fun! Save money by purchasing May Fete tickets and ride bracelets during the Pre-Sale. New this year, an online payment option!
Proceeds from May Fete and related events go directly to PSA and are used to fund equipment and technology purchases, classroom supplies, enrichment activities and more for K-12th grade students in Wyoming City Schools.
Please click on the links below for more detailed information:
Online ordering (CLOSED) will take place Friday, May 12th through Wednesday, May 17th.
Cash and check orders will also be accepted at schools on 5/17 and 5/18.
All orders (online and cash/check) will be distributed to students on Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 18th.
Ticket prices are the same as last year…
- $18 for a ride bracelet if bought BEFORE May Fete, $25 if bought the day of May Fete.
- Ticket sheets will be $5 each and are NOT sold at May Fete. Twelve tickets per sheet, each ticket worth $0.50. Tickets can be used instead of cash at May Fete.
95 YEARS OF MAY FETE DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN. Many volunteers are needed! Parents and high school students, please consider signing up for a shift or two (or three!). Here’s how you can sign up:
There are lots of ways to volunteer for PSA’s biggest fundraiser, May Fete! With JUST 2 weeks left to go it takes hundreds to make this event happen and we need your help. Please contact Tia Draper (Babyt1980@hotmail.com) or 513-478-9282 or click on one of the links below to fill a games booth shift.
Your kids will love seeing your support during their favorite event of the year!
Contact the chair listed for any committee/booth that interests you. PSA members can obtain contact information from their Wyoming Student Directory. If you do not have access to a Wyoming Student Directory, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAMES / RIDES / PEEWEEVILLE
PSA sponsors game booths along Wyoming Avenue – old and new favorites like Pop Toss, Sucker Pull, Blinko, Face Painting and more. Lots of great prizes! All game booths accept May Fete tickets and cash and are open from 11am – 10pm.
Peeweeville offers games for preschool-age children and is located in the Wyoming Fine Arts Center ballroom from 11am – 5pm. Games include Rolly Bowly, Duck Pond, Barn Door Booty and many more. Every player wins a prize. Peeweeville games accept May Fete tickets and cash.
May Fete rides and midway games are provided by Triple Treat Shows, a family-owned and operated business in Cincinnati with over 30 years of experience in the mobile amusement industry. Nearly have of the rides are Kiddie Rides, suitable for younger children. Rides and games are open from 11am – 10pm and accept May Fete tickets and cash. One ride costs 12 May Fete tickets or $3. Game prices vary.
FOOD / BAKE SALE / DRINKS
May Fete features great food for lunch and dinner and anything in between! The grill will be open along with the ever popular LaRosa’s Pizza truck. Snacks include nachos, soft pretzels, sno-cones and Graeter’s Ice Cream.
PSA’s Bake Sale booth features scrumptious cookies, brownies, cupcakes, breads, squares and other confections generously donated by Wyoming volunteer bakers.
PSA’s Drinks booth sells cold water bottles, a variety of pop cans, Powerade/Gatorade bottles and juice boxes.
May Fete tickets and cash are accepted for all food and drink purchases.
May Fete Coronation is one of the oldest school traditions in Wyoming history. Its origins are tied to May Day celebrations, once popular across 19th century America. These celebrations included the weaving of floral garlands, the setting up of a decorated Maypole around which children would dance, and the crowning of a May king and queen. Today, our Coronation event includes kindergarten, first and second grade “attendants,” a “court” of high school seniors, and the crowning of a king and queen.
May Fete Coronation will be held at May Fete on Friday, May 20th at 7pm in the ballroom of the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. All are invited!
Telling It Like It…Was
By Rebecca Strand Johnson
May Fete began in 1922, but not in the way we celebrate it today.
In the early 1920s, the Wyoming Mother’s Club, a forerunner to today’s PSA, was looking for ways to make money for the Wyoming public schools. The Mother’s Club had already helped the school considerably, paying for Superintendent Charles Fay’s telephone (at $1.88 a month); purchasing athletic equipment; and raising funds for an auditorium and gym that would eventually be included in the new school – now Wyoming Middle School – in 1927. The Club had purchased the school’s first typewriter, a Victrola and records for music class, library books and maps, the first audio-visual equipment (a stereograph), and playground equipment. To raise funds, Mother’s Club volunteers had put on a historical pageant, directed an operetta (performed by the high school) and a grade school play, led a candy sale, and hosted numerous bake sales and teas.
The school’s fund-raising efforts were interrupted by America’s involvement in World War I, and the village experienced the loss of nine young Wyoming men and women. Still more of its youth suffered during the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1919. That year, the school remained closed for so long, classroom hours were made up through late afternoons and school on Saturdays.
The Mother’s Club decided to do something fun for the community and try to raise money in the process. It put on a festival that February, featuring a jitney dance, fortune telling, a fish pond, Valentine cards for sale, and a refreshment booth. The fete was a great success, raising $602, and became an immediate tradition. In following years, it developed into an afternoon and evening affair, with dinner served at the Wyoming Club (now the Civic Center). It was called many things – Valentine Fete, Country Carnival, and the Village Carnival.
In 1929, an epidemic of flu and scarlet fever in the school postponed the fete from February to April. That year, it was called Spring Fete, and, in 1933, after moving it to the end of the school year for better weather, it officially became May Fete. By and by, it incorporated other traditions, like the school’s annual May Queen crowning. The festival was only suspended once, between 1942 and 1946, because of wartime restrictions. By 1966, May Fete was raising almost $6000 for the schools; forty years later, May Fete 2005 collected over $32,500. Every child in Wyoming has loved May Fete, and by continuing this tradition year after year, the city of Wyoming enjoys not only a fun fundraiser but a rich history steeped in community spirit.
SPONSORS AND DONORS
Info to come!
Wyoming Parent School Association (PSA)
420 Springfield Pike
Wyoming, Ohio 45215
Thanks to Cara Hummel Photography for wonderful May Fete images!