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Hattiesburg hosts Art Walk without street vendors

The Spring Art Walk was held Saturday night with a ban on street vendors. The Spring Art Walk was held Saturday night with a ban on street vendors.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A Hattiesburg arts tradition which was suspended briefly for a makeover has returned, and while some say the "new look" is great, others aren't so sure. The Spring Art Walk was held in the downtown area Saturday night.

But, gone were the street vendors that had become such a visible part of the event. They were kept away and instead, folks were encouraged to check out several indoor galleries.

Organizers said they were pleased with the turnout, but others said the new focus may have kept many visitors away.

"It is exactly what I was hoping for and it's plenty to build on," said Walt Denton, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Assn. "And as we move to the Fall Art Walk and the Holiday Art Walk, I mean, we've got the formula, the model we're going to build on," he said.

"It doesn't seem to be as heavily attended as it normally is and a lot of the folks are finding less to do," said Matt Holland, a local artist. "But, hopefully, everybody is having a good time and it's sad not to see more people out," he said.

Traditionally, art walks downtown have been held three times a year.

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