14th annual Double Decker Festival rolls through Oxford

OXFORD – A love for art, entertainment and Oxford pulled people from all around the region in Saturday for the 14th annual Double Decker Arts Festival.
The daylong festival, held downtown Oxford, serves as a showcase for artists. More than 150 art vendors participated in the festival. While it’s a popular place for art lovers, people who enjoy other genres or simply want to get outside attend.
James Stevens and his wife, Samantha, have made the trip from their home in Holly Springs the past four years to attend the festival. It’s not their love for art that brings them back, but their love for a different art form – music. The two said they met at one of the Double Decker concerts four years ago and have been coming back ever since.
“I was attending the concerts with some friends and I stepped on her foot,” remembered James. “She gave me this awful look, so I apologized and offered to buy her a drink to make up for it. To make a long story short, we went out the next week, I proposed six months later and we were married six months after that. So the Double Decker is a lot more than just a festival to us, it’s more of an anniversary.”
The Stevens’ were able to hear bands like the Sleeping Bulls, Dynamites with Charles Walker and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. In all, 15 musical acts performed at the festival on two stages.
Things got kicked off early with a 10k walk at 7:30 Saturday morning. After that, the Square Fair started at 10 a.m. The storytelling for the children was a big hit among festival patrons. Dozens of children lined the storytelling area to listen, and even adults got caught up in the excitement.
“I’ve always loved to hear good stories ever since I was a kid,” said Joanne Gray of Oxford. “My grandfather used to tell the best stories and we’d sit around a listen for hours. That’s what this reminds me of.”
With face paintings, balloon animals and a petting zoo, there was more than enough to keep the children occupied.
Like always, the ride on the Double Decker buses was a big attraction.

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