The festival will bring in more than 100 thousand people. News 25's Sarah Duffey tells us how the festival will affect local businesses. Hillyer House is a niche business that represents more than 400 local artists. Business owner, Paige Rielly, says the Peter Anderson Festival is a part of what makes Ocean Springs so special. Cynthia Sutton of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce says, "It is our 85th anniversary. We have won two national awards because of the Peter Anderson Festival. We're now just not known regionally, but nationally as one of the best craft fairs in the country." Plans for this year's Peter Anderson Festival began six months ago. Vendors and crews began setting up for the craft festival this morning to make sure this weekend's events run smoothly. Rielly says, "Getting the signage up around downtown, to stocking up our hospitality, we're doing every last minute thing that needs to be ready for tomorrow's festival."
According to Sutton, the Peter Anderson Festival brings a 23 million dollar economic impact to Ocean Springs, Jackson County, and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast. Sutton states, "It brings a major impact to our local businesses, our local hotels, to the gas stations, to every tourism entity involved." Rielly says that business is good during the festival. She says, "like 50 times what they normally would be on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday." Sandra Barnes of Bayou Belle says, "Absolutely, we have great sales during Cruisin’ and I look forward to Peter Anderson. It's wonderful." The Peter Anderson Festival is expected to bring 120 thousand people to Ocean Springs, along with 400 vendors to celebrate local art. Rielly also says, "It’s amazing. It has been in the making for so many years, and the businesses, the staff, the Anderson family, and the Walter Anderson Museum all come together as a team to make this one of the best in the country." Barnes also states, "It exposes our downtown area. That's a beautiful destination and it draws attention to what we know is already beautiful." The festival hours in downtown Ocean Springs are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.