This tribute to the first sign of spring every year on the first Saturday in May, downtown Rutherforton is packed with family fun and celebrations. Dine on Southern cuisine and enjoy live, local music and performances. Get the kids' faces painted or ride a pony. A variety of arts and crafts vendors line the street. Gears & Gables Cycling Event takes place during MayFest. Sign up for 30, 60, or 100 mile cycling event starting in downtown Rutherfordton. Proceeds benefit the Rutherford Housing Partnership.