Celebrate Oxford Festival

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Want to have a relaxing and educational weekend? The annual Celebrate Oxford event, returning to the downtown area Aug. 3-5, 2012, is the place to be, promising something for every family member – from car lovers to pet lovers to history buffs.

For over 30 years, Oxford has been celebrating its historic roots. This year, up to 10,000 people are expected to spend a weekend learning and enjoying the town. Admission is free!

Hours for this year's Celebrate Oxford are:

  • Friday: 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

Friday is a primo date-night for parents, featuring live performances by country artist Julianne Ankley and "First Fridays" deals from local restaurants.

On Saturday, it's all about the offspring. In the kids' zone, they can leap off the walls in a bounce house – or try to touch the sky on a quad bungee trampoline or rock-climbing wall. Henna art and face painting are available, too. And, on the main stage, catch puppet shows, magicians and even Laugh Yoga. The Oxford Fire Department is doing demonstrations, to boot.

Or, over in the teen zone, a bike and skate park is conveniently located behind Dubz Bikes and Boards. Take down the football team in the dunk tank with your amazing throwing skills. Or just get creative by whipping up a tie-dye T-shirt.

The Detroit Pistons Hooper and Flight Crew will give a great dunk show performance, too.

Show off your old-school Chevy in the classic car show, which is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Registration is 9 a.m.-noon. Get an autograph from local racer Cody Hoover during the show's main hours.

Love history? Catch the re-enactments of the Civil War. Art more your thing? Browse and purchase local artists' work from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

And, for the entire family, get your blood circulating in the Celebrate Oxford 5K or Junior Cross County Mile. After the race, enjoy great deals from local restaurants with the Taste of Oxford.

Adults only: Cool down with a cold brew in the beer tent, open 5-11 p.m. Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment is provided.

Other highlights? For a fee, see Oxford from a whole new perspective – from the sky in a helicopter! Or check out some of the vendors on Friday and Saturday. And, on Sunday, end the festivities with the historic home tour for $15.

Oh – and animal lovers are in luck, too! New this year is "Pets in the Park." Bring your critters to Centennial Park to walk through "Pet Alley" and pick up a new collar or two from local vendors. Pets that can't get enough of the spotlight can stroll in the pet parade. Like horses? The equestrian corridor is the place for you, with a fashion show, pony rides and a petting zoo.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on information on the 2012 Celebrate Oxford festival event.

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