Peter Anderson Festival takes over downtown Ocean Springs

Crowds flocked to Ocean Springs over the weekend as the Gulf Coast community celebrated a veteran of the art world.

One of the state’s biggest festivals, named for the master potter of Ocean Springs, drew an impressive crowd after being dampened by COVID last year.

This year marks the Peter Anderson Festival’s 43rd year as more than 400 vendors decorated the streets. Those vendors included businesses from near and far, many even from out of state.

Traveling from Jones County, the Landrum Family whipped up some of their famous soft-serve from an antique ice cream maker for visitors. Landrum’s Homestead Village Co-Owner Bruce Landrum said, “We’ve been coming down here, oh my goodness, probably 5, 6, 7 years, time flies. We thoroughly enjoy coming down here and it’s just, if I moved anywhere in Mississippi other than Laurel, it’d be Ocean Springs.”

Wild Flier Owner Amanda Mavar-Schmidt said, “I’ve been here almost 10 years, and seeing it grow every year, this has been probably one of the biggest years so far.”

The festival ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

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