May Day at WCU

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The May Day festival was a major event at Western from 1931 through the early 1970s. The annual crowning of the May queen took place at the Woodland Stage, the natural amphitheater between the Madison Building and Moore Hall. The festival began as a formal affair that included live music, a play production, and a maypole dance. In 1966, the festival included a “a greased pig chase, pie eating contests and other ‘feats of skill'” (Western Carolinian, 1966). By 1970, the festival had expanded to “May Week” and featured a performance by the Four Seasons in the gymnasium. Images from WCU Special and Digital Collections.

  • Photo of May Day Court
  • May Day Program, 1936
  • Picture of 1953 May Day court

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