Dudie's Dinner rides again

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – From the ’40s to the ’80s, Dudie’s Diner served hungry customers at its Crosstown location.
All good things come to an end, and Truman “Dudie” Christian’s restaurant was shut down and eventually moved to the grounds of the Oren Dunn City Museum at Ballard Park.
The late Oren Dunn, himself, once said, “The greatest landmark we ever rescued was Dudie’s Diner.”
That rescue effort will translate to your enjoyment on Saturday, during the 7th Dudie’s Burger Festival.
“We hope people will see all of the activities we have going on and come join us,” said Boyd Yarbrough, festival director.
A variety of musicians will perform gospel, classic rock, Doo-Wop and country. During breaks by the bands, Jim Duke, a DJ with WTUP, will serve up an entertaining soundtrack.
“We’re focusing on the ’50s and ’60s,” Yarbrough said. “That was Dudie’s time.”
There’s going to be an old-fashioned sock hop, and folks will be invited to try their hips on Hula Hoops.
Billy Boren, a former car hop at Dudie’s Diner, will share his memories.
In addition, teams will be given a selection of ingredients for a Dudie Burger Cook-off.
“The Dudie Burger ingredients are secret,” Yarbrough said. “The team that comes closest to the original taste will win. We have three judges, all former car hops at Dudie’s.”
The entertainment is free, and there’s no admission charge for the Oren Dunn City Museum on Saturday.
But this is a fundraiser for the museum, which means it’s going to cost you $5 to sample an original Dudie Burger. For that price, you’ll also get chips, a Moon Pie and a drink.
“Come out and listen to the great music that we’ll have all day long,” Yarbrough said. “Come out and enjoy the Dudie Burger. It tastes like bygone days.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

Everyone’s invited
- What: Dudie’s Burger Festival
- When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
- Where: Oren Dunn City Museum, Ballard Park, Tupelo
- Tickets: Free
- Info: (662) 841-6438
- Schedule:
10 a.m. – Jesus New Testament Holiness Church Choir
10:30 a.m. – James Pirkle Band
11:15 a.m. – Dudie Burger Cook-off
11:20 a.m. – DJ Jim Duke from WTUP
11:30 a.m. – Sock Hop with The Dance Studio
Noon – DJ Jim Duke from WTUP
12:15 p.m. – Bill Boren’s “Memories of Dudie’s Diner”
12:30 p.m. – Magic with Bob & Nikki Kenney
1 p.m. – Hula Hoop Fun with Hoop-Elo
1:20 p.m. – Tim Tacket, Ray Stevens & Friends
1:25 p.m. – Tempos Doo-Wop
2:15 p.m. – Old Friends Trio