Peter Anderson Festival takes place this weekend in Downtown Ocean Springs
The City of Ocean Springs is setting up for their 42nd annual Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival.
This is the biggest art festival on the Coast and in order to ensure the safety of visitors and vendors there will be many safety precautions in place.
Everybody that attends must wear a mask even when outside. The only exception is when you’re eating or drinking.
The booths will be spaced out 10 feet apart and there will be half as many as normal. Also, plenty of hand sanitization stations will be available.
There’s been many months of planning for this festival as it is one of the biggest economic drivers for the city. Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson said, “Everybody’s been beat down this year. It’s been a crazy year. We’re going to have to do things limited. We’re confident that people will come down and enjoy beautiful Ocean Springs.”
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cynthia Dobbs Sutton said, “In Ocean Springs, our business is small business. So, we have about 150 in downtown and another 75 to 100 throughout town. This is one of those economic drivers that help businesses sustain not just downtown at the same time around town. It brings a $24 million economic impact to the community.”
The District Coffee House off Government Street in Ocean Springs opened their doors a few days before the Peter Anderson Festival last year.
Being a new coffee shop, they said last year they were not as prepared and still learning how to operate their espresso machine. This year, they have their brew all figured out and will have extra staff and supplies for the weekend.