Merchants intending to enter the May Day Basket Competition, download a copy of the May Day Brochure with entry form here:
or use the form below.
MAY DAY BASKET COMPETITION
Downtown Port Orchard
May 1 – 10, 2020
10 am to 6 pm
As you wander in downtown Port Orchard from Ladies Night Out on May 1 until Mother’s Day on May 10 view all of the beautiful May Day Baskets hanging from the merchants’ doors. Judges will be awarding ribbons on May 1 in various categories, but the People’s Choice Award will be tabulated on May 10. So see the baskets and then vote for your favorite at the Port Orchard Public Market!
According to a report by NPR, May Day Baskets were a tradition much practiced until the 1960s. People would begin gathering flowers and candies and other goodies to put in May baskets to hang on the doors of friends, neighbors and loved ones on May 1. When times were more innocent.
So don’t miss this new rain or shine event, to see Port Orchard in all of its spring glory. Regardless of whether they capture a ribbon, all of the baskets will be winners, and when you take the time to walk downtown Port Orchard and take in the beauty of May Day, you’ll be the lucky grand prize winner!
Photos from the 2019 May Day Basket Competition and from the Annapolis, Maryland Annual May Day Basket event (begun in 1956!)