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Performers announced for Tupelo Elvis Festival

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Sister Hazel and Joe Nichols are the headliner acts for the 16th Tupelo Elvis Festival June 5-8, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association announced late Friday.

• At  the Fairpark stage on the night of Friday, June 6 will be Sister HazelThey’re an alternative rock band Elvis Fest logofrom 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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Color Vibe, NOleput will alter street routes in Tupelo Saturday

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By now, we hope you’ve heard it’s going to be a busy weekend in Tupelo. 2014 Runners Badge

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:

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Written by Dennis Seid

April 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Tupelo Elvis Festival named one of top 20 events for 2014

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Thank you, thank you very much! Elvis Fest logo

The Tupelo Elvis Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for 2014.

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 »

Tupelo Craft Beer Festival gearing up for Saturday

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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. Craft Beer 14 logo 1

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.

Written by Dennis Seid

March 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Tupelo Hilton Garden Inn to undergo renovation

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The nearly six-year-old Hilton Garden Inn in Tupelo will get a little facelift soon.  07170930 Hilton Garden Inn

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.

Peachtree also owns the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Columbus and the Hampton Inn in Starkville. The company also is building Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Starkville and Columbus.

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.”

Written by Dennis Seid

March 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel gearing up for fourth run

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The fourth annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel will be held next weekend, March 14-15 in Fairpark in Downtown Tupelo. Sponsored by the Link Centre, the event is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition and festival that’s free and open to the public. Last year, more than 10,000 people and 100 teams attended.This year, Link Centre says teams and judges from 15 states “will once again be spending the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day in Tupelo. One hundred professional teams will compete for more than $15,000 in prize money. bbqDuelPoster_2014More from the Link Centre:

Among these are many of the nation’s top teams, including Johnny Trigg’s Smokin’ Triggers from Alvarado, Texas;Que’n Stew’n & Brew’n from Kennesaw, Georgia; Pellet Envy from Leawood, Kansas; Jiggy Piggy from Decatur, Alabama, Warren County Pork Choppers from Bowling Green, Kentucky, 2012 BBQ Duel Grand Champion Killer Hogs from Southaven, Mississippi, and 2013 BBQ Grand Champion Brew ‘N’ Bar-B-Que from Shawnee, Kansas.

Not competing? Bring your friends and family to Fairpark to eat, shop, and enjoy the entertainment. Visit arts and crafts and food vendors all weekend. BBQ plates will be on sale Friday and Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Live entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m.both days

Scheduled to appear: Bob Ray, Full Throttle, Priscilla Barker, Tim Warren, Bonfire Orchestra, Spunk Monkees, Evan Adams, Jordan Mallory, Breedlove Band, Mink Brothers and Greg Dillard Band. Miss 98 will broadcast live from Fairpark and host a Friday afternoon talent show.

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Tupelo Elvis Festival looking for additional sponsors

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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. ElvisFest

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

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.