An event named after the creator of
Shearwater pottery and brother of block print artist Walter Anderson came to a
close Sunday. The 35th Annual Peter Anderson festival ended Sunday evening and
organizers said they couldn't be happier with the turnout.
The City of Ocean Springs took stock
of a weekend of massive, but welcomed crowds to their downtown area.
Organizers estimate more than 150,000 people flowed into the city
over the course of the two day Peter Anderson Festival that promotes items like
sculptures, pottery, food and paintings.
"We did an economic impact study two years ago with
Mississippi State University and they clocked us at over 130,000 and so it just
keeps improving and growing each year," said Cynthia Sutton with the Ocean
Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Sutton said that study also showed the yearly festival brings in
millions of dollars to South Mississippi. That's why she said business is
always good during this event for not just vendors, but also for local shops
Festival goers walked through a sea of more than 400 vendors that
were hand selected out of a pool of more than on 1,000 applicants. But festival
goers don't just come for the great buys.
"It's a nice atmosphere. Everybody is soo nice. We like all
the venues that are out, all the little shops with the jewelry and so we just
like the atmosphere. It's really nice," attendee Kimberly Coleman
"It's just a small town feel. You feel very safe. And it's
kind of escapism. It's kind of a blast from the past, stepping back into the
oak line streets and it's just very charming," said Mobile, AL resident
While modifications are made each year to improve the success of
the festival, there is an aspect of it that always need help.
"We always, always need a huge team of volunteers. And that
is something that we struggle with every year," Sutton said.
Sutton also says this event actually serves as a family reunion
for some attendees.
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