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50th Anniversary Citizens Bank & Trust Mayfaire by-the-Lake
May 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until May 8, 2022
The Polk Museum of Art is thrilled to announce its 50th annual Citizens Bank & Trust Mayfaire by-the-Lake, to be held on the shores of Lake Morton, May 7 and 8, 2022, from 9am to 4pm. Visitors and art enthusiasts can enjoy Mother’s Day weekend with a stroll around the lake and the opportunity to shop at over 160 artist booths featuring art of all media, ranging from painting and sculpture to jewelry and photography and everything in between.
Mayfaire by-the-Lake is one of the longest-standing traditions in the Lakeland community. Beginning in 1971 as a small craft fair, Mayfaire has grown into a beloved annual event for the community and beyond and has been ranked among Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “200 Best Art Shows” for ten years in a row.
“Citizens Bank & Trust is proud to serve as presenting sponsor of Mayfaire as we celebrate the event’s 50th year,” states Greg Littleton, president and CEO of Citizens Bank & Trust.
In honor of the 50th Mayfaire celebration, visitors will find even more to enjoy around the lake this May than ever before. Families can visit an expanded Ruthven’s Mayfaire Kids Zone at its new and larger location on the corner of East Walnut and Indiana Avenue for free children’s activities. In addition, the Polk Museum of Art itself will be the 50th Anniversary “Headquarters” and will celebrate Mayfaire’s history with special exhibitions, including “Mayfaire at 50: Award Winners,” in the Murray/Ledger Gallery of the Museum, highlighting past festival winners.
“Mayfaire by-the-Lake is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition like no other, and, at 50 years young, Mayfaire is returning stronger than ever for 2022,” said Dr. Alex Rich, executive director and chief curator of the Polk Museum of Art. “The Museum takes enormous pride in having hosted — and having been able to host — Mayfaire for a half-century now, a true tribute to our supportive and art-loving community. We remain indebted to all of our community partners, and our devoted visitors, for helping us to make Mayfaire the event of the season year in and year out and generation after generation.”
The weekend festivities will continue with the Lakeland Runners Club’s 43rd Annual Mayfaire 5K on Saturday evening. The run begins at 7pm near Lake Mirror and ends on Francis C Langford Promenade. Register online or volunteer for the run at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Lakeland/Mayfaire5k. Registration closes Wednesday, May 4.
Additional information about this year’s Mayfaire Judge, Featured Poster Artist, and event details are available on MayfairebytheLake.org. Fiftieth Mayfaire Sponsors include Citizens Bank & Trust, The Ruthvens, Frost Law Firm, Subaru Lakeland, Southern Homes, Publix Super Markets Charities, Tampa Maid Foods and Visit Central Florida, with Media Sponsors, The Ledger | Localiq, Max 98.3 and WLKF, LALToday, Orlando Arts, WEDU PBS, and LKLD Magazine.