For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Kaylen Fletcher, public relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Starks Mayhaw Festival
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES-The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Starks Mayhaw Festival as a 2012 Top 20 Event for the month of May.

This year's festival is May 17-19 and will have it all from Mayhaw jelly and Mayhaw butter to Mayhaw berries and more. Festival goers can try their hand at jelly or just try all the delicious Mayhaw goodies. Saturday morning, early birds will be able to start their morning off right with hot biscuits, homemade Mayhaw jelly and freshly churned butter. With carnival rides, live music, delicious Southern food and enough berries and jelly to go around the Starks Mayhaw Festival is one of the sweetest events in Southwest Louisiana!

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the "best of the best" from submitted entries. Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. The potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information, contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit