It was a day for art, music, cold beer and wine Saturday in downtown Oak Hill during the Hank Williams Sr. Tribute & Craft Beer and Wine Festival. 

The town celebrated a mural dedication before the festival, highlighting historical aspects of downtown Oak Hill. 

Two large murals on the side of a building on the corner of Oak Hill Avenue and Main Street featured intricate work using black, gray and white paint to show older-model automobiles and historical buildings, including Aides Shoes and Kelly's Furniture. 

Melissa Oxley said the new murals are a fine piece of work. 

"I think they really highlight the pieces of downtown Oak Hill we really care about, what's important to the people," she said. 

Oxley, an employee of Twisted Sisters in Beckley, was one of the vendors at Saturday's festival. She said she and her crew were there serving brisket sliders, Texas beans and brisket nachos to attendees to pair with their beer or wine. 

Bringing a different variety of people to Oak Hill was their push to take part in the festival, Oxley said. 

"I think it's important for everyone to see what this little town has to offer." 

Not only were attendees able to taste brews from local brewers Bridge Brew and Weathered Ground, along with wine from Kirkwood Winery, but they were also able to enjoy live music from musicians at the Lively Family Amphitheater including Bing Brothers and Jake Krack, as well as John “the Blues Troll” Taylor, a blues musician and blues historian, and local Fayetteville band Black Garlic.

John Lilly and the Hank Williams Sr. Tribute Band also performed later in the evening. 

Mary Messer said she and her husband wanted to attend solely for the live music. 

Messer, a resident of Mossey, said she and her husband enjoy listening to live bands, especially those who are local.

"It's just a really fun thing to do, it gets people out of the house," she said, "and that's what a lot of people need.

"It's a great thing for Oak Hill and the people that live here."

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