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What started as a spring art festival to honor the beautiful oak trees that can be found all across Jackson County has now become the Live Oak Arts Festival, which held its eighth annual event on Saturday, May 13.
Attendees gathered in downtown Pascagoula just blocks away from the Pascagoula River as well as the shore of the Mississippi Sound, which served as a perfect location to embrace the beautiful spring weather the day offered.
This year’s Live Oak Arts Festival truly offered something for everything this year. Children’s activities ranged from face painting, balloon art, and the 228 Rock scavenger hunt. Children who attending the Free Flowin’ on the Riverfront event in April had the opportunity to paint a rock, which they were able to hunt for at today’s event to receive a prize.
Artists from all over Jackson County and even other parts of the state, some as far away as Florence, gathered in downtown Pascagoula to celebrate spring and nature through their artwork. Some of pieces show involved handmade pottery, exterior patio plaques, patio furniture, and even some homemade jams and jellies from crops farmed in Jackson County. Gulf Life, a company that started in response to the 2010 BP oil spill, even took the opportunity to act as a vendor and raise more money to conserve the beauty of the Gulf Coast.
Not only did artists take the opportunity to show their work at this event, but different activities were offered through the day to give attendees plenty to do for the five-hour event.
The Live Oak Arts Festival is at times referred to by the “LOAF” acronym, so it only made sense to add a bread baking challenge to the event. With fresh bread, cookies and pastries, the air was filled with the decadent scents of “LOAF.”
Attendees of all ages also had the opportunity to participate in Chalk the Walk, which allowed artists of all ages to create on-site works of art with chalk pastels. Maybe some of the vendors got an attendee inspired, and this was the perfect chance to create in the moment of inspiration.
New to this year’s event was a lip sync competition that pitted teams of individuals against one another in creativity, lip sync ability and stage presence.
With the weather cooled down from the previous day’s rain, the Live Oak Arts festival was a great way to get outdoors and appreciate all the art that celebrates Jackson County’s natural beauty.