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TUPELO, Mississippi - Downtown Tupelo will celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  “Tupelo Celebrates Mississippi” is free to all attendees and will begin at 5 p.m. in the Downtown/Fairpark area and carry into the September Down on Main event beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Fairpark.


Events in downtown will include historical reenactments and Mississippi-themed art exhibits, along with downtown’s specialty shopping and food options.


Historical reenactments will begin at 5 p.m. along West Main Street. The reenactments will highlight major events in Tupelo’s history, including the story of Elvis. Reenactments will take place from 5-7 p.m.


Also during this time, Gumtree Museum of Art and the Caron Gallery will present art exhibits with a Mississippi theme. Gumtree will host the Southern Light Photography exhibit, featuring images of Mississippi’s landscape. The Caron Gallery will feature Mississippi artists whose artwork will showcase the theme “Mississippi Interpretations.”


While celebrating Mississippi and the City of Tupelo, an interactive streetside photo gallery will be displayed throughout Downtown. The photos will depict stories being told by eight residents of Tupelo as part of a documentary storytelling workshop encompassing the “Tupelo Spirit." These large photographs will have unique QR codes at the bottom that spectators can scan, which will take them to a corresponding video that further tells the Tupelo Story. “The photo documentary workshop with Blue Magnolia was a memory that I will cherish for a life time. The process was intense and but well worth the gift of the personal skills learned. The end result, amazing stories capturing pieces of the puzzle that make up the Tupelo spirit,” said Debbie Brangenberg, director of Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.


Healthworks! will host a Kids Zone in Fairpark from 5-8 p.m. The Kids Zone will be an interactive exhibit depicting how games have transitioned over the past 200 years. Healthworks! will also teach kids ways to play games that encourage a healthy lifestyle.


All bicentennial events will lead up to the final Down on Main concert, beginning in Fairpark at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and will include food and beverage vendors. The concert will feature Jeff Crosby and the Refugees with headlining artist George McConnell, originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi.


For more information regarding any bicentennial events or for information about Down on Main, please contact the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association at 662-841-6598.

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