By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The 41st annual GumTree Festival opens this weekend, so plan your downtown travel wisely.
The event will bring 107 artists and craftsmen to the Lee County Courthouse square. Kit Stafford, festival director, said there have been a few changes to the site’s layout this year.
As in past years, Jefferson, Broadway, Court and Spring streets will be closed today through Sunday to make the square around the courthouse.
In addition, Broadway will be closed all the way to Main Street. Artists’ booths will be set up on Broadway and Court streets.
“Artists will be on either side of the street with a main walkway between them,” Stafford said. “It should be easier to find everything. You won’t feel like saying, ‘Is there something I missed?’”
The festival administration tent will open at noon today at the intersection of Jefferson and Broadway streets.
Volunteers will be busy that first hour dealing with the artists.
Tickets to the GumBall, which will be 7 p.m. today at Goodlett Manor, will be on sale for $25.
Cory Smith and Blue Mountain will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fairpark, and those tickets are $15/advance and $20/at the gate.
Tickets to both events are available at the administration tent and the GumTree Museum of Art.
You’ll also be able to purchase festival posters for $30, adult T-shirts for $20 and youth shirts for $15.
The festival officially opens Saturday morning. There will be a variety of concerts and other performances, and food vendors will be on site to take care of your taste buds.
“None of the festival food has calories this weekend,” Stafford said. “It’s a magical weekend when funnel cakes don’t have 1,000 calories per bite.”