OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs is preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors for the annual Peter Anderson Festival.
The streets in downtown Ocean Springs will be jam packed with tents set up by vendors and people strolling around. Business owners like Gayle Jones of Poppy's know the festival is a big chance to cash in.
"There's going to be so many people in town, and such an opportunity for us as store owners to have them come in and see what I have to offer," said Jones.
Jones has extra employees on staff to handle the bigger crowds. Down the street at Bay Collection, Colby Cantrell made extra orders to make sure customers see her full selection.
"The biggest challenge is being able to get enough inventory to support the crowds that the Peter Anderson Festival brings in," said Cantrell.
Many of the store's recognize the same faces who stop in year after year to see the unique items offered in the Ocean Springs specialty shops.
"People from all over the nation come and they know that all of these shops down here are going to offer something special that they tend to maybe not offer during the rest of the year," said Cantrell.
A lot of people heading to Ocean Springs are looking to stock up for Christmas. So, Gayle Jones is spending this week converting her store into a winter wonderland. But when the weekend is over, she's expecting to be busy re-stocking the shelves.
"We've got everything, we've got thing pre-wrapped and we're ready," said Jones. "Things are just going to be flying out of here and I'll be reordering next week for sure."
The 38th annual Peter Anderson Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday.