PHOTOS BY MIKE WEST
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby chats with a photographer prior to the Opening Ceremony for the 6th annual Artesian Arts Festival in downtown Sulphur Saturday, May 25.The governor recently announced his intention to run for re-election to the office.
Aztec Dancers perform at the Artesian Corner during the Artesian Arts Festival Saturday, May 25.
Over 10,000 Enjoy Artesian Arts Fest
Downtown Sulphur was packed with visitors early on Saturday morning May 25 for the opening of the 6th annual Artesian Arts Festival. This year’s event is possibly the best in the festival’s history, as it has grown from 33 artists exhibiting at the first festival to now feature 126 artists representing 19 Native tribes in eight states.
The festival crowd enjoyed ideal spring weather after a very rainy week in the area. The multi-cultural festival drew thousands who enjoyed a family friendly day. As the day progressed, the large crowds were well on the way to exceeding the estimated 10,000 visitors to last year’s festival.
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