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Friday is the start of Edmond's downtown arts festival

EDMOND — Friday marks the start of the 39th annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival.

The festival, sponsored by the Downtown Edmond Business Association, will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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

This year, the arts festival also will feature a corporate plaza to recognize sponsors and will include yard games.

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

"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 began chairing the festival about 10 years ago. She heads a committee of about 30 volunteers.

The festival will benefit Angels Foster Family Network, an organization with a mission of rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected children, ​matching them with Angels-trained foster parents and ensuring the maximum emotional, social and intellectual development of each child.

​​Angels will be selling tickets to win a gift basket with items from downtown Edmond merchants. The hospitality tent will have tickets available, as well as programs listing festival artists and activities.

Festival Market Place will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Street closings will start at 7 a.m. Thursday. Drivers should be aware of the following closings: Broadway at Second Street north to Hurd; First Street west to the railroad tracks and east to the alley; Main Street east and west to the alley and the alley from Second Street to Main. Streets will reopen about 9 p.m. Sunday.

CityLink Edmond Transfer Center at Festival Market Place will relocate during the festival. Park-and-ride from outer areas of Edmond will be available with CityLink.

For more information on the city bus system, go to www.citylinkedmond.com.

For a schedule of the arts festival, 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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