Taste the Past: Famous food returns for Dudie’s Burger Festival

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Saturday will serve up a taste right out of time.
All you have to do is drop by the 2011 Dudie’s Burger Festival at Oren Dunn City Museum in Ballard Park.
Near Crosstown in Tupelo, Truman “Dudie” Christian converted an old streetcar into a restaurant. The restaurant is now located at the museum, which also has access to the original recipe of the Dudie’s Burger.
“I can’t tell you what it is,” said Boyd Yarbrough, president of the Friends of the Oren Dunn City Museum.
Saturday’s event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you’ll be able to buy a Dudie’s Burger with chips, a drink and a Moon Pie for $6.
In addition, teams of people will be given the ingredients and told to create a reasonable facsimile of a Dudie’s Burger.
“Dudie’s Diner carhops will judge the winner,” Yarbrough said.
Jim Duke and Bill Roberson from WTUP will play ’50s music throughout the day. At noon, there will be a “Name That Tune” contest, and at 12:30 p.m., you’re invited to kick off your shoes and join the sock hop.
Kids can take part in a goldfish-eating contest. No, it’s not as fun as you might think because the goldfish won’t be alive.
“We’ll give them a bowl of Goldfish crackers,” Yarbrough said. “The first one who’s able to whistle after eating the Goldfish wins.”
There will a bubble gum blowing contest, as well as other kids’ activities.
Everyone’s welcome, but organizers wanted to extend a special invitation to past Dudie’s employees.
The day also can serve as a mini-reunion for high school classmates.
“Call all of your friends to meet,” Yarbrough said. “Bring your old photos to share. Class photos from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s will be on display in the museum.”
You’ve got to eat, right? On Saturday, consider taking a bite out of the past at the Dudie’s Burger Festival.
“Come out and enjoy the good music and relive the ’50s for a day,” Yarbrough said. “Enjoy that old-fashioned Dudie’s Burger taste that hasn’t been around for about 30 years.”

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