One of the best markers of a festival’s style is the amount that it charges for art booths. Consider that some festivals charge in the thousands for a three-day weekend. Now consider that Mammoth Fest charges a couple dollars. This hidden gem of a festival may not be the flashiest and that’s perfectly fine. What (if anything) Mammoth Fest lacks in style, it makes up ten fold in heart. Refreshingly quaint, yet surprisingly extensive in scope, if there is any regret at all, it is that Mammoth Fest is only one day long.
There are tons of activities for kids, such as carnival rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Also at the festival is the homemade kiddie-train rides. Oh yeah, and there’s a humungous slide for kids that is the envy of every adult longing for the bliss of a childhood summer – yes it is that good. Better still, all of these events are included in a very affordable day pass. Complete with playgrounds, a dozen pavilions, sports courts and fields of all types and a stunning lake, Mammoth Park itself is the perfect accoutrement to a festival so devoted to family and community.
The art show, though relatively small, is a festival highlight and showcases regional arts and craft vendors. Everything from wooden signs to fabrics, and home made silver goods are available. Food is provided by vendors as well as local concessions and encompasses many customary fares. Throughout the day various performers play at the grand stage. Puppeteers, magicians, and local personalities hosting contests delight visitors all day. Gathering 15-20 thousand visitors, Mammoth Fest finds perfectly the balance between sizable scope and relaxing intimacy.
Admission and parking is free.