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• At the Fairpark stage on the night of Friday, June 6 will be Sister Hazel. They’re an alternative rock band from Gainesville, Fla.,that “blends elements of folk rock, pop, classic rock ‘n’ roll and southern rock,” according to Wikipedia. Here’s their hit from 20 years ago, “All For You.” if you want a sample of their music.
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First, there’s The Color Vibe run, which will bring more than 3,000 people to downtown Tupelo.
The 5K race begins at 9 a.m in Fairpark
And at 11 a.m., also downtown, is the NOleput Festival, which lasts through 11 p.m.
The circus also is in town, plus Crosstown will be closed for railroad repair. The streets of Tupelo will be jam-packed more than usual.
If you haven’t seen it, here’s a map of the detours people will have to consider. You can see it after the jump:
Here’s what they said:
The Southeast’s only international festival in honor of Elvis Presley; Tupelo, Mississippi’s native son, with the exception of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The internationally attended festival was started in 1999 as one of the only eleven festivals within the United States officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and includes an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminary Round as part of the event.
Along with Elvis music, the Elvis Festival is known for their top country music acts that perform in Fairpark Friday and Saturday night. The Saturday night attendance had a 25 percent increase from the year before. Other events during the festival include a Miss Elvis Festival Pageant, Carnival Midway, Elvis Look-A-Like Pet Parade, Running with the King 5k and Fling with the King Disc Golf Tournament. Spanning six blocks of historic Downtown Tupelo, the Tupelo Elvis Festival welcome people from all over the country and world. Read the rest of this entry »
The second annual Tupelo Craft Beer Festival is Saturday, and it will include six Mississippi craft breweries. They are among the 30 companies participating in the event that will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in Fairpark.
“Last year we had only three from Mississippi, but this year we’ll have six – Southern Prohibition Brewing, Crooked Letter Brewing, Lazy Magnolia, Lucky Town, Yalobusha Brewing and Oxford Brewing,” said festival organizer Matt Leff.
Other breweries include Abita, Back Forty Beer, Bayou Teche, Blue Pants, Covington, Crown Valley, Fort Collins, Ghost River, Merchant du Vin, New Belgium, Samuel Adams, Sea Dog, Schafley, Sierra Nevada, Straight to Ale, Tallgrass, Woodchuck Hard Cider and Yazoo Brewing.
Tickets for the festival are $40 and can be purchased at Blue Canoe, Papa V’s, Neon Pig, Todd’s Big Star and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office. Tickets for a beer dinner Friday are available at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen for $95.
Leff said advance ticket sales have reached 700, ahead of last year’s pace.
Read more in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.
The nearly six-year-old Hilton Garden Inn in Tupelo will get a little facelift soon.
The 154-room hotel, which was purchased for an undisclosed sum in October by Peachtree Hotel Group of Atlanta, will get new furniture, carpeting, paint and other “minor” work inside the hotel, said project manager Greg Fox.
Fox said planning is in the preliminary stages, with pricing for the project still undetermined. A time frame for the project also wasn’t available, Fox said, mainly due to lead times needed to get the furniture and wool carpet for the lobby area. But he said work should begin soon.
The Hilton Garden Inn in the Fairpark District in Tupelo was opened by Master Hospitality of Memphis in November 2006 and represented a $22 million investment. The hotel opened with 110 rooms, but within six months, Master Hospitality owner Tom Ricketts announced an expansion of the hotel. Forty-eight rooms were added, with the work completed in 2008.
Peachtree owns or manages 40 hotels across the country. In the undisclosed purchase agreement in October, with Master Hospitality, the company said Ricketts would“retain a role as asset manager.”
The 16th Tupelo Elvis Festival is three months away, and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is putting the call out to get additional sponsors.
At today’s monthly board meeting of DTMSA, it was noted that the festival – to be held June 5-8 – is looking to secure another big sponsor to contribute $50,000 or more. The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau already is the presenting sponsor of the festival with its $50,000 commitment, but festival organizers would like to add another.
Having several smaller sponsors is another option as well to help fill that funding level. Sponsorships are critical in securing the entertainment for the festival.
There are several levels of sponsorship available. Each level includes special amenities including VIP tickets, tents, T-shirts, framed posters:
- Platinum – $50,000 or more
- Gold – $25,000
- Silver – $10,000
- Bronze – $5,000
- Festival Friend – $4,999 and below
For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Jessica Hollinger at (662) 841-6598 or email@example.com.
Meanwhile, sales for the Festival have gone well in the early going. In January, a limited offer of special ticket pages garnered about 350 purchasers. Individual tickets went on sale Feb. 10 at the BancorpSouth Arena and Ticketmaster, yielding nearly 300 sales.
In a change for this year’s festival, the Elvis Tribute Artist competition has been moved to the BancorpSouth Arena to accommodate more fans. In the past, the event was held at the Lyric Theater.