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Individual Tupelo Elvis Festival tickets available

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From the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association regarding this year’s Elvis Festival: Elvis-Festival-Icon-4C [Converted]

Individual tickets will be available at the BancorpSouth Arena Box Office and Monday, February 10t at 10 a.m..

Please contact the Tupelo Elvis Festival office with any questions: 662-841-6598 or


The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is excited to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be held June 5 – 8, 2014.  The festival staff is excited to announce the Elvis Tribute Artists events will move to the BancorpSouth Arena for the 2014 festival. The new venue will allow for more fans to attend the events and support their favorite ETA’s.

The 2014 line-up is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

February 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

Carol the elephant returning to Tupelo with circus

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Carol is coming back!

According to Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Asian elephant, which, um, didn’t exactly have a great experience last time she was in town, will be making a triumphant return. Good for her. And Tupelo!Carden Elephants

Carol, the Asian Elephant and all of her friends, will return to Tupelo in an all new show; Ringling Bros. and  Barnum & Bailey presents Super Circus Heroes playing April 3-6th at the BancorpSouth Arena.

With many thanks to the veterinarian team and the support of the Tupelo community, Carol recovered faster than expected. Carol is currently performing in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Super Circus Heroes.

Scheduled animals to appear in this year’s edition of Ringling Bros. presents Super Circus Heroes will be three Asian Elephants, three camels, two horses, seven miniature ponies and nineteen dogsTicketholders can see the animals backstage during the All Access Preshow that begins one hour before every show* (excluding 10:30 performances). Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

February 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Scenes from Toyota’s Team Mississippi Appreciation Day

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There were clowns, fire performers, aerial performers, fireworks, confetti, fire and at Toyota’s Team Mississippi Appreciation Day today at the BancorpSouth Arena today, where several thousand Toyota employees, supplier employees and their families were invited to join the big celebration mentioned in the previous post.

Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Motor Sales, the marketing and selling arm for Toyota Motor Corp. in the U.S., flew in from California to join the festivities.

He said the new 11th-generation Toyota Corolla  has started to arrive at dealerships, and some 1,100 of the new 2014 model during the last few days of August. For the year, Toyota expects to sell about 300,000 of the Corollas (mostly of the older version, of course), but expects to sell 330,000 Corollas next year.

These aren’t great photos from the event at the arena, taken inside the arena with the iPhone, along with a couple outside. There will be better photos in the Daily Journal tomorrow.

See photos after jump:  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

September 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Toyota thanks employees, families at celebration today

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You may have noticed the tents and carnival rides next to the BancorpSouth Arena and wondered if the fair has made it to town early.

Nope. It’s part of Toyota‘s “Team Mississippi Appreciation Day,” in which the automaker will throw a little party inside and outside of the arena for the employees and families of its manufacturing plant in Blue Springs and nearby suppliers. Previous Team MS Appreciationcoverage here.

It’s the official line-off ceremony for the new Corolla, which the plant has been producing since August, and which are at dealerships now.

We’ll have photos from the event later, but here’s a release from Toyota, that’s obviously written a little ahead of time, as many press releases are. But you get the picture. It’s a big deal for them (and us):

What’s 47 years old, stunning, and turning heads in Tupelo today?

In front of an estimated crowd of nearly 9,000 people at the BancorpSouth Arena this afternoon the all-new, next generation 2014 Corolla officially made its Mississippi debut at its line off ceremony, featuring an illusionist, aerialists, fire artists and other performers. Attendees included Toyota Mississippi team members and their families, suppliers and invited guests including Miss. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Congressman Alan Nunnelee.

The line off celebration was combined with the plant’s Team Mississippi Appreciation Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

September 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

Toyota Mississippi, suppliers to mark new Corolla with big celebration

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi has been building the new 2014 Corolla for more than a month (click here for previous coverage), and next week, they’ll celebrate with an invitation-only event at the BancorpSouth Arena.2014 Corolla Eco front

The event is for Toyota’s 2,000 team members and their families, along with TMMMS suppliers and their families. They’ll celebrate at the Arena on  Saturday, Sept. 7.

The invitation for the big party is billed as the “Greatest Reveal on Earth,” a play on the “Greatest Show on Earth” tagline made popular by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. So, expect something circus-like, without the animals. Think more Cirque du Soleil.

And yes, the Daily Journal will be there to cover the festivities. I’m looking forward to it.

As for the new 11th-generation Corolla, it should be hitting dealership lots soon. Since TMMMS began production in October 2011, the plant has produced nearly 250,000 Corollas, including a few thousand of the newest model. Here are more photos of it if you’ve missed previous postings of the 2014 Corolla:

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Written by Dennis Seid

August 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Blue Suede Cruise May 3-5

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The Blue Suede Cruise kicks off Thursday night with “Drive in Movies at the Museum from  7-11 p.m. at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. bcslogo2

Weekend festivities include a car corral, swap meet and live music by the Gents, the Bouffants and the Van-Dells at the BancorpSouth arena.

A car parade is scheduled for Saturday morning at 8:30 am in downtown Tupelo.

For mor information and a full schedule of events, visit the website. 

Written by Sarah Robinson

May 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

B2B Connection wraps up another successful show

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The seventh annual Business to Business Connection and the Taste of Tupelo at the BancorpSouth Arena wrapped up Tuesday 2013 B2BCwith another good turnout.

If you missed it from today’s Daily Journal, here’s a link, and quick hit from the story.

BTW, it was written by Sarah Robinson, our new business reporter. If and when you see her, please say hello.

An excerpt from today’s story:

Kim Caron from the Caron Gallery in Tupelo is passionate about art.

“I want art to be available to everyone,” she said.

Caron was one of almost 80 vendors Tuesday at the seventh annual Business to Business Connection hosted by the Community Development Foundation in Tupelo and one of 30 new participants in the event this year.

The purpose of the event is to provide a marketplace for businesses who provide services to other businesses.

Caron attended as a spectator last year but decided to set up as a vendor this year.

“Businesses have lobbies and offices want a good, welcoming atmosphere for customers and employees,” she said.


Written by Dennis Seid

February 6, 2013 at 10:31 am