About Us

The Brenham Maifest Association Mission Statement:

“To promote appreciation of the cultural heritage of Washington County by continuing the annual Brenham Maifest celebration and expanding its activities; and to enrich the lives of the citizens of the county, with particular emphasis on the youth of our community; and to receive gifts, donations and funds for these purposes.”

With these words, our Board, Royalty families, supporters, and friends work diligently each year to create a festival that highlights the spirit and celebrates the heritage of our community.

The Brenham Maifest organization is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The annual Maifest is produced through the generosity of many underwriters, volunteers, and supporters. Monies generated by the festival are returned into the community through scholarships and donations benefitting the youth.


Chairman of the Board: Dr. Heather Thielemann

President: Catherine Kenjura

Presidents Emeritus:
Richard O’Malley,  Steve Westbrook, John Barnhill, Jr., Gregg Appel, Charles Schubert, Gary Sonnenburg, Bill Betts

Vice Presidents:
Dr. Deanna Alfred, Reagan McIntyre, Keith Behrens

Treasurer: Julene Jaster

Secretary: Jamie Rankin

Directors of the Brenham Maifest Association


Dr. Deanna Alfred
Jane Barnhill
Lea Bartay
Julene Jaster
Julie Guiberteau
Reagan McIntyre
Tres Masser
Amber Westerfeld
Margie Young


Keith Behrens
Wesley Brinkmeyer
Jeff McVean
Josh Hyatt
Catherine Kenjura
Jamie Rankin
Ashley Sulik
Jamie Priesmeyer


Dottie Schaer
Dr. Robert Stark
Melanie Roberts
Tee Dippel
Cheryl Tiemann
Shannon Webb
Lance Kuecker
Stacey Walters
Kristen Westbrook

Directors Emeritus

Chris Cangelosi, Robin Cook, John Hermann, Susie Houston, Lori Hasskarl, Joe Al Picone, Gary Rothermel, Charlyn Schoenvogel, Sudie Stark, Arlen Thielemann

It is with deep sadness we said goodbye in 2019 to Dr. Wilfred Dietrich, Director Emeritus of the Brenham Maifest organization.
His love for and dedication to Maifest was second to none. He will be missed.