Although Sunday was still windy, the 70-degree temperatures and blue skies convinced festival-goers to come on out to enjoy the art booths, food vendors and the rest of the bands’ performances. Look for stories and pictures from the 15th annual Double Decker Arts Festival in Monday’s edition of The Oxford EAGLE.
SUNDAY UPDATE — The 15th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival drew a healthy crowd Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, despite having to be rescheduled due to Saturday’s morning storms and strong winds. On Saturday night, headliner Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings opened their act with a riff on their wild travels through Mississippi — 20 minutes behind the tornado that damaged Yazoo City.
Oxford’s annual spring festival is normally held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the last Saturday in April. But this year, with not only rain but also hail and possible tornadoes in the forecast, organizers decided Thursday to split the event into two days, with the bulk of events on Sunday.
The festival officially started at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, with Those Darlins taking the North Stage. Opening the performance, emcee Jim Dees quipped: “Welcome to Double Decker 2: The Wind Storm.” The crowds were beginning to fill in on the Square, although there were still plenty of close parking spots to be had.