Arts Festival Oklahoma draws 18,000 guests

September 6, 2013 Latest Print Print

Approximately 18,000 people attended the 35th annual Arts Festival Oklahoma held on the OCCC campus over Labor Day weekend, said Cultural Programs Director Lemuel Bardeguez.

Bardeguez said this year’s festival has been one of the most successful.

“I’ve been doing this arts festival for five years and of all the years that I have been directing it, I felt this year was the one that ran the smoothest,” he said. “It was really great. It was executed very well by all of the volunteers and all the committee chairs. I felt that the patrons, artists, vendors, and performing artists all [were] very pleased with the experience.”

Institutional Advancement Executive Director Lealon Taylor said everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

“People were excited about the arts festival,” he said. “Being in its 35th year, we had large crowds, certainly on Sunday and Monday. It looked to me that people were buying art and enjoying some good food.”

The festival featured nearly 25 musical acts including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and nearly 15 food vendors with a variety of food including Indian tacos, cheesecake on a stick and other festival favorites.

More than 100 chosen artists displayed art including swatch paintings, photography, blown glass and more.

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