TUPELO – According to the rules, the GumTree Festival can’t officially begin until after Friday’s GumBall.
But this isn’t a stuffy, stodgy tradition.
“It’s a casual, fun party,” said Gabrielle Cooper, ball chairwoman.
“Come in your favorite casual clothes, whatever makes you comfortable, and have a good time.”
Though the festival won’t start until Saturday morning, the Gum-Ball offers a sneak peek. Festival artists will donate their work for a silent auction that will raise money for the festival, as well as for the GumTree Museum of Art.
“It’s a preview of some of the art that will be on display during the weekend,” said Kit Stafford, festival director.
For the second year in a row, the GumBall will be at Goodlett Manor in downtown Tupelo.
“Part of the fun is getting to visit Goodlett Manor,” Cooper said. “It’s a beautiful house,” Stafford said.
Romie’s will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres, and there will be a cash bar.
The FoShorchestra will perform, and everyone’s welcome to cut loose on the dance floor. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be let-your-hair-down fun, not stuffy at all,” Stafford said. “It’s going to be great.”
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