As Kennedy Hughes settled in on a picnic bench outside of Saints Pub with a cold glass of beer and his recent Thunder T-shirt purchase, he surveyed the hundreds of people combing through shops and visiting food vendors in the Plaza District.
“It's crazy to think how crappy this part of town was just a few years ago,” he said. “Now look, this is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends getting great food or buying a shirt. It's amazing how far it's come.”
The 15th annual Plaza Festival went off without a hitch Saturday as thousands of people turned up to sample good food, drinks, live music and art on the 1700 block of NW 16, just west of Classen Boulevard.
Heavy early morning rains ended before the festival began at noon, allowing for the festival to start on time.
More than 40 artists' booths lined 16th Street while local bands Colourmusic, Tallows and Defining Times provided the soundtrack for the festival.
A giant flat screen TV was provided by COOP Ale Works for those who wanted to watch the Oklahoma State and Oklahoma football games. Fowler VW hosted a Bigfoot Calling Contest.
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