One of the first accomplishments made by GROWTH was bringing back a beloved community festival, Mayfest.

Mayfest is an annual tradition which has taken place at Shimer Square for more than 40 years.

Less than one month from taking title to the property, Mayfest organizers announced that the community’s long-running festival would return to the campus on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2019.

It was at Mayfest where the development’s new name was determined, which was left up to chance after a tie was declared between renaming the campus Shimer Square or Shimer Woods. Mount Carroll Mayor Carl Bates showed GROWTH staff the result of the coin toss held, confirming the campus and buildings will now be officially known as Shimer Square.