By Brian Sargent Modified: April 21, 2008 at 6:08 am •  Published: April 21, 2008
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Warm temperatures and light winds are expected to greet visitors to the unofficial opening of spring in downtown Oklahoma City this week.

Still, there's a chance the 42nd Festival of the Arts could see rain by mid-week, said a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Norman.

"If you go seven or eight days in Oklahoma, you're bound to get rain,” Daryl Williams said.

The festival, known for attracting rain as well as outstanding artists, kicks off its six-day run on Tuesday. A day later there's a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms with highs in the upper 70s. Wednesday is the only day this week when rain is predicted.

Hundred of artists
Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the festival will feature 144 artists from across the state and country to show and sell their work in an array of media, from paintings and pottery to sculptures and jewelry. More than 300 performing artists will provide live entertainment.

Artists begin arriving this morning to set up their booths.

By Sunday, vendor tents and food booths had been set up. Still, not all preparations were complete.

Volunteers — most wearing yellow T-shirts identifying them as unpaid workers — hauled away trash, planted flowers and set up staging and watered outdoor plants.

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For a complete festival schedule, go to wimgo.com and search for "Festival of the Arts 2008.”

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