TULSA - Tulsa's biggest downtown arts festival wraps up its 39th year Sunday night. This year, the crowds kept vendors busy.
For some families, Mayfest has become tradition.
"It's a fun atmosphere. Everyone's out enjoying the weather, and just visiting. There's just lots to check out and look at," said Luke Williams from Broken Arrow.
When Williams and his family moved to the area, Mayfest introduced them, including his three month old son, to Tulsa.
"There's a cartoonist down the way, and we get him sketched up and stuff every year, so we got caricatures of him every year as he gets bigger," Williams said.
Food, music, and of course, art fill downtown for four days. Mayfest draws in 120 artists from across the country and right here in Oklahoma.
"The people are very friendly, sales have been really, really good, and the town is beautiful," said Ancizar Marin, an artist from Florida.
Some visitors from out of town stumbled on the festival by chance.
"Ninety flights were delayed, and we ended up in Tulsa," said Jackie Cohn from San Antonio. "We weren't supposed to be here this weekend, so we made the most of it. And I'm really glad we landed here because I see all of the vendors out showing their wares, and the food has been really good too, so we've really enjoyed it."
Through visitors like her, Mayfest brings in an estimated $6 million in economic impact to the city.
"eople come from out of town, people stay here, they eat at local restaurants, their employess get paid, so it all just trickles down," said Heather Pingry, executive director of Mayfest.
Organizers say better weather brought the crowds out, and topped last year's attendance.
"We've got something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a fine art collector, you just come for the food, or to bring your family, and enjoy the entertainment. There's really something for everyone," Pingry said.
Next year Mayfest will hit a milestone, marking 40 years.
"We're really happy that Tulsa has supported us for the last 39 years, and we hope to be around for at least another 39, 40," Pingry said.
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