Pascagoula's Live Oak Arts Fest to feature music, food and fun Saturday

 The Mirage Band

The annual Live Oak Arts Festival will bring arts, food and live music to the streets of downtown Pascagoula from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

This festival, in its seventh year, was founded by Pascagoula Main Street to showcase the city's walkable downtown. It features arts, crafts and food vendors and an eclectic music lineup. It all lines the streets that are home to some of Pascagoula's popular restaurants and businesses.

Each year there are about 100 artists and craft vendors offering everything from paintings and pottery to handmade jewelry and soaps. Rebecca Davis, Pascagoula Main Street director, said it's great to see both regulars and those coming to the festival for the first time.

"From year to year, we have great participation. Every year there are new, cool ideas by the artists," she said.

The classic car show will return this year, as will children's activities -- including the popular oversized Radio Flyer that takes children down festival streets.

Lyle Wynn of North Mississippi will return to display his blacksmithing skills. Wynn is a festival favorite, and he doesn't mind taking time out to answer questions about his trade. He also offers the wares he makes for sale.

Little bit of everything

Along with restaurants, others from around Pascagoula set up booths to show off their menus. It makes for a lot of tasty options -- anything from a Southern meal of crawfish etouffée to something for the sweet tooth, like a deep-fried Snickers or a freshly squeezed lemonade slushy.

"It's a little bit of this and a little bit of that," Davis said. "I like the fried green tomatoes. There are lots of restaurants open during the festival, and we have a good amount of carnie food, too."

The music lineup this year features headliner Oliver's Twist. The band delivers high-energy, funky hits such as "No Parking on the Dance Floor" and "Superstition" to get people grooving. The band is fronted by vocalist and keyboardist Oliver Sledge, the cousin of Percy Sledge. They will play from 1 to 3 p.m.

The all-day lineup starts at 9:30 a.m. with The Yazoo Bayou Band. Madi Cooper will play at 11. The Tall Boys will play at noon, and Mirage will close out the festival from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Festival admission is free.