Oxfordfest

Nearly 35,000 people walked the streets of downtown Oxford for the 29th annual Oxfordfest. Kirsten Fiscus/ The Anniston Star

 

The volunteers in Oxford’s downtown will wear baseball jerseys Saturday, the number 30 on their backs.

That’s because Oxfordfest, the annual street festival started in 1987 and timed with the start of the fall season, is set for a 30th observance this weekend. Choccolocco Street will close Saturday from its intersection with Main Street to Hale Street, and Main between Oak and Spring streets.

More than 300 food and craft vendors have registered for the festival, Teresa Crosson said Tuesday, and thousands of shoppers are expected to crowd the T-shaped downtown area.

She and other volunteers won’t be hard to spot — look for the jerseys.

“You’ll be able to pick us out in the crowd,” Crosson, secretary of the volunteer committee organizing the event, said by phone.

The festival this year will see many vendors, she said, but other than the shirts, there’s no special occasion to observe the anniversary.

It will still be quite a party. Eight bands will play live music all day from a stage sponsored by Sunny King Automotive Group. Children can ride a Ferris wheel, while their parents shop an assortment of football, fall, and Christmas-themed craft goods.

A nearly $2.2 million streetscaping downtown, meanwhile, hasn’t started and will cause no problems to festival-goers, Crosson said. City officials agreed to hold off on the project until after the popular fall event.

Staff writer Zach Tyler: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @ZTyler_Star.