By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – A Tupelo tradition continues this weekend with the 43rd annual GumTree Festival.
The two-day festival celebrates the arts, whether it’s painting, print-making, photography, writing or music.
“More than ever, this is a wonderful time for the community to celebrate, to have these fun events at no cost to the family,” said Kit Stafford, a volunteer with the GumTree Festival.
More than 100 artists will display and sell their work around the courthouse square this weekend. There are 12 categories of art, Stafford said.
Artists include clay artist Helene Fielder, fiber artist Linda Lindale, jewelers like Sally Wade and Joshua Samuels, glass artist Larry Hamilton, mixed media artists Huiying Lee and Marian Baker, painters such as Justin Vowell, Jinsheng Song and Chad Mars, photographers such as Fred Draper, printmaker Sean StarWars, wood artists like Lauren Dunn and Alisha DuBois, who creates sculptures.
“We have a wonderful roster, and we have some new faces and new work to enjoy,” she said.
Preliminary winners of the Singer-Songwriter contest will perform Saturday morning and John Milstead, a Nashville-based songwriter from Tupelo, will select a winner.
The festival will also include a kids’ corner and food.
“We really hope people will come out and enjoy the festival,” Stafford said.
CHECK IT OUT
• What: 43rd annual GumTree Festival
• When: Saturday and Sunday
• Where: Downtown Tupelo
• Cost: Free
• Info: (662) 844-2787, gumtreefestival.com
GumTree Festival music lineup
11 a.m. – Singer-Songwriter Competition
1:15 p.m. – John Milstead
2:45 p.m. – Kevin Waide Project
4:15 p.m. – Eric Deaton Trio
1:15 p.m. – Lane Chapel Quintet
3 p.m. – Jake Fussell
GIVING BACK AT GUMTREE
The GumTree Festival’s organizers are hosting GumTree’s Trees for Tupelo at the festival.
“We wanted some way to give back to Tupelo for all of the restoration,” said festival volunteer Kit Stafford. “We are going to have a station, Trees for Tupelo, and GumTree Museum will take donations for trees and greenery to replace damaged trees.”
They’ll accept donations or gift cards, as well as trees or shrubbery, and it’ll be donated to those who are fixing or rebuilding their homes.