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Arts festival time in downtown Edmond

A metal saxophone player greets art patrons during opening day of the 2015 Edmond Arts Festival. [PHOTO  BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

A metal saxophone player greets art patrons during opening day of the 2015 Edmond Arts Festival. [PHOTO  BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

EDMOND — The Downtown Edmond Business Association will host the 39th annual Edmond ​Arts Festival May 5-7.

The festival, which is free to the public, will feature more than 120 artists and live entertainment including appearances by the Jason Young Band, Riders Ford, Hillbilly Vegas and the Wesley Pruitt Band.

Other activities include face painting, interactive games, ambulance tours, inflatables and a children's art tent.

Food vendors will include some new local favorites. This year, the arts festival will feature a corporate plaza to thank and recognize sponsors and will include yard games such as corn hole and life-size checkers.

“I am passionate about the Downtown Edmond area and the arts festival," said Bryanne Wallace, Downtown Edmond Arts Festival chairman.

"We are constantly working to make the event better and are excited about the new artists, bands, food vendors and activities we have planned for this year.”

Wallace has been volunteering for the arts festival since 1999 and became chairman about 10 years ago. She heads a committee of about 30 volunteers.

The arts festival will benefit Angels Foster Family Network, an organization whose mission is to rescue abused, abandoned, and neglected children, ​match them with a select group of Angels-trained foster parents and ensure the maximum emotional, social and intellectual development of each child.

​Angels will be selling tickets to win a gift basket of items from downtown merchants. Stop by the hospitality tent to buy a ticket and pick up a program for a full listing of festival artists and activities.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 5 and 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7.

For more information and the schedule, go to www.downtownedmondok.com.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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