Double Decker Arts Festival springs into action

OXFORD, MS - (WMC-TV) - Friday night was full of music, starting a big weekend that is always highly anticipated in Oxford and surrounding states.

"Double Decker" isn't your typical small town arts festival. Those who travel to Oxford from hours, even states away will tell you that first thing.

"I came from Chicago to be here," says Kate Taylor Battle. "We got so many alum here. I'm here with some of my best friends."

"Music, art, culture, seeing old friends. It's just a great weekend to come back," explains Nashville resident Camille Breland.

The city brings in popular artists and bands for a creative community that never fails to support the efforts.

"I think this is a lot of people's favorite weekend in Oxford. It's a time to celebrate three things I think we do well which is food music and art," festival director Mary-Kathryn Herrington says.

The focus on quality is deliberate and has helped make this festival a can't miss Spring event.

"I think there are people who plan to come every year and buy the posters, and we've been lucky," Herrington adds. "We've gotten a lot of great publicity. We were in this month's 'Garden and Gun Magazine' for what to do in April."

In fact, this is the second year organizers have taken it a step further by holding a special Friday night concert bringing in artists like the popular Iron and Wine, who fans are clearly willing to pay to see.

"Oxford gets a lot of good bands as it is, so Double Decker is just icing on the cake for us," Oxford resident Will Guest says.

Saturday, the music is free, but don't forget to bring enough cash to shop with all the vendors  who will set up around The Square.

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