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Poster unveiled, plans announced for spring Double-Decker festival

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OXFORD, Miss. - The poster for this spring's annual Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford has been unveiled.

The public on Friday got its first look at the poster created by Oxford artist Melanie Munns.

The Oxford Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1p9rrUu) that the poster shows the community's iconic double-decker bus being carried through a blue sky by large balloons. Each balloon depicts something symbolic of the festival or Oxford, including a guitar, an artist's pallet, the Oxford city logo and the old fashioned British telephone booth sitting outside of Oxford City Hall.

The festival name celebrates the town's double-decker bus, imported from England in 1994. The festival is held each year on the Oxford Square during the last weekend of April. This year, it takes place on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26.

"I wanted something unique," Munns said Friday. "The festival is a lot of different things, like music and art, and I wanted to bring them together in a light and fun way."

This year's Friday night concert will be held once again in conjunction with Thacker Mountain Radio and will be free and open to the public.

The festival is expected to draw 55,000 people.

In addition to music, more than 140 art vendors from around the region will be selling their work. Selected by Oxford's Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the vendors include potters, glass craftsmen, woodworkers, painters, and self-taught artists working in a variety of mediums.

This year's "Taste of Oxford" food court will feature food from more than 20 local restaurateurs.

The Children's Square Fair will be organized by the University of Mississippi Hospitality Management Department and will offer face painting, games and art activities.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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