OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - As far as the eye could see, white tents lined the streets of downtown Ocean Springs this weekend for the 38th annual Peter Anderson Festival. This year's beautiful fall weather, however, was a far different cry than last year's showers, causing thousands of people to attend the two day festival.
"This is the best turnout ever," said Jan Griffin of the Ocean Springs Park and Leisure Services.
Ocean Springs natives, like Griffin, remember the festival's humble beginnings and attribute the event's growth to the beautiful works of arts that are displayed year after year.
"This is not just a craft show," said Griffin. "This is an art show. There's art here, you know, not just arts and crafts."
Whether it's jewelry, clothing, or paintings, festival-goers don't have to settle for traditional art.
"A lot of years we buy art," attendee Shannon Lipps. "We seem to have a lot of art in our house. This year, I seem to be in love with bracelets that I found."
While art is the main attraction, food vendors and downtown restaurants make sure they are also fully prepared for the massive amounts of crowds that will come through their doors.
The Gulfport-based Pop Brothers was hoping to have their new popsicle shop in downtown Ocean Springs open by the festival. Since they didn't quite make it in time, they made sure to have their carts out and about, serving up the customers who love their homemade frozen treats.
Octavio Arzola with Pop Brothers said they had long lines going down the road, with people lining up to get a break from the warm day.
Heather Durnin, an artist from Texas who owns Bayou Gifts and Jewelry, says she was at Art in the Pass when she heard about the huge turnout each year at the Peter Anderson festival. So, she decided to bring her unique take on spoon art to Ocean Springs this year.
"It's great that they get the people out," said Durnin. "We've got beautiful weather too."
Artists from other states weren't the only ones attending the Peter Anderson festival. As in years past, visitors from neighboring states, like Louisiana and Alabama, also attended the yearly event.
"It's so lovely," said Leah Johnson of New Orleans. "The people here, and the art is amazing. It's so unique. Everybody has their own style. They have their own thing going on."
The festival is free to enter and continues Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.