Downtown Edmond Business Association
If you’ve enjoyed an outing in downtown Edmond, thank the Downtown Edmond Business Association. The all-volunteer organization works behind the scenes year round to make downtown an enticing destination for residents and visitors alike.
Preserving the Past, Investing in the Future
Edmond has long been known for its attractive, inviting downtown area— and that hasn’t happened by accident. Founded in 1969, the Downtown Edmond Business Association (DEBA) coordinates many events and activities that draw people to the area. “We have a lot going on every single month,” says Executive Director Stephanie Carel.
In recent years, DEBA has partnered with many local nonprofits, sponsoring fundraising events such as Valentine Candygrams and a Thanksgiving food drive. DEBA also sponsors VIBES, a popular event put on by Edmond Fine Arts Institute. VIBES is a celebration of arts and music, on the third Thursday evening every month from April through October. Through VIBES and other special events, DEBA works to make downtown a vibrant, family-friendly space for evening gatherings as well. “The district has really turned into something special,” says Stephanie. “People from all over the country and state love to come here.”
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival
DEBA coordinates the beloved Downtown Edmond Arts Festival, a juried event featuring artists from around the nation. This year’s festival takes place April 29 – May 1. As always, admission is free, and guests can enjoy art, music, food trucks, and children’s activities.
The festival is eager for more volunteers to work in the children’s area or provide artist relief to allow exhibitors breaktime. If you’d like to volunteer, contact DEBA. Shifts range from all day to as little as an hour. “This is one of Oklahoma’s favorite festivals,” says Stephanie. “We want people to come out and have fun.”
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