Oxfordfest set for Oct. 5
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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The streets of downtown Oxford fill with visitors in this 2011 file photo of Oxfordfest. This year, Oxfordfest will take place Oct. 5 on Main Street. Organizers expect it to draw between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors to downtown this year. Photo by Stephen Gross.
The streets of downtown Oxford fill with visitors in this 2011 file photo of Oxfordfest. This year, Oxfordfest will take place Oct. 5 on Main Street. Organizers expect it to draw between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors to downtown this year. Photo by Stephen Gross.
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It began in 1987 as a way to draw people into historic, downtown Oxford, and 26 years later, it’s still doing so.

Oxfordfest will take place Oct. 5 on Main Street. Organizers expect it to draw between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors to downtown this year, where they’ll visit with neighbors, listen to live music, eat from one of 26 food vendors and buy arts and crafts from 300 sellers.

“There’s a kids section with rides and games. There’s something for everybody,” said Teresa Crosson, Oxfordfest committee secretary.

All proceeds from the event go to local charities, Crosson said, which include United Cerebral Palsy, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the breast cancer support group Steel Magnolias, the Eastaboga nonprofit group Rainbow Omega, which provides residential care and work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

Oxfordfest also operates a food bank year-round in partnership with Dorsey’s Super Market, Crosson said.

Attendees this year can listen to a variety of music, said the organizing committee’s music director, Tim Johnson. Calhoun County Probate Judge Alice Martin will begin the day by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner."

Among the eight bands playing at the event will be local gospel groups Crimson Flow and Clearvision Gospel. Bent Creek Bluegrass also will perform, as will the contemporary Christian band Slow Moses. Southern Nites will play a variety of music, from Motown to country and classic rock.

There will be hourly prize drawings and a $1,0000 giveaway. Admission is free.

The event begins at 8:45 Oct. 5 with a presentation of colors by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Oxfordfest will wrap up at 4 p.m.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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