Elvis Festival may increase entertainment budget

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Elvis Festival organizers are looking at doubling the amount of money spent on entertainment for the Fairpark stage.
The goal, they said, is to get bigger-name acts for the weekend.
The board of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which produces the annual event, voted Tuesday to allow the committee to put together an $80,000 plan for entertainment at the Fairpark stage. Entertainment at the Elvis stage at the Lyric has a separate budget.
The vote does not commit the board to spending the money, said board president Jim Goodwin. But, he said, it gives the Main Street committee an idea of what it can spend.
“I like the idea of saying to the public, ‘You asked for bigger and better and we doubled our budget,’” he told the board Tuesday.
This year, The Spin Doctors headlined Saturday night and Meridian native Ty Herndon headlined Friday night.
At the same meeting, Main Street said the festival had a net income of $69,000. Plus, it has a fully funded rainy-day fund of $50,000.
“We’ve done the right thing by being cautious for a few years,” Goodwin said. “Now, we’ve built up our rainy-day fund. This can be considered an incremental plan that gets modified depending how we do.”


carlie.kollath@journalinc.com