Double Decker Arts Festival set for Saturday

CATEGORY: Lafayette County

AUTHOR: HILL

Double Decker Arts Festival set for Saturday

By Jane Hill

Daily Journal

OXFORD – The streets around the Oxford Square will be closed Saturday but enjoyment of the arts, good food and music will be going full throttle as the first annual Double Decker Arts Festival gets under way.

The Oxford Double Decker Spring run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Oxford Activities Center on Molly Barr Road.

Activity on the Square will begin at 10 a.m. when two musical stages – one on North Lamar and one on South Lamar – begin to entertain. The Dixieland Brass band will open the festival.

A Square Fair for children will be held on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church on Van Buren Avenue right off the Square. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m. A petting zoo, face painting booths, clowns, two magic shows, a Best Dressed Pet Contest, three storytelling sessions, and a day full of music will be provided for the whole family’s amusement.

Local food vendors will be on hand to add to the festivities. Abner’s, Coffee Bistro, Downtown Grill, Beacon Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Maxwell’s of Holiday Inn, Dixie Creek, Harvest Cafe and Bakery, Bottletree Bakery, Taco Bell, Cafe N’Orleans, McAlister’s Deli, Oxford Seafood, Domino’s Pizza and other restaurants will be providing a wide variety of edibles on the Square.

Art vendors will be showing their works around the Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be demonstrations done by local artists and there will be an art exhibit in the Lafayette County Courthouse. The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is organizing the art vendors and demonstrations as well as the exhibit.

The Oxford Police Department requests that all cars be removed from the Square by 2 a.m. Saturday. Parking lots behind City Hall, Base Camp, and the south side of the Square, and the city car park behind the north side of the Square can be used. A fire lane will be open on north Jackson Avenue to allow for through traffic on the north side of the Square.

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