Let the GumTree Festival fun begin in Tupelo today

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Arts of all sorts will take over the Lee County Courthouse square during the 42nd annual GumTree Festival today and Sunday.
Potters and painters will join forces with musicians and dancers, and even a few runners will put in appearances.
The festival will open at 9 a.m. today and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There’s no charge to check things out around the square, but you’re welcome to buy all the art and fair food you want.
For more information, visit gumtreefestival.com or call (662) 844-2787.
Here’s a breakdown of events:

Today
• 8:30 a.m. – 36th annual Gum Tree Run starts. (See race facts below.)
• 10 a.m. – Lee County Library presentation, youth stage.
• 10:30 a.m. – Splash, youth stage.
• 11 a.m. – Singer/songwriter’s contest winners’ performance and awards, music stage.
• 11:30 a.m. – Tupelo Ballet & Guests, youth stage.
• Noon – Tupelo Twirlers, youth stage.
• 12:30 p.m. – The Pyles, music stage.
• 1:30 p.m. – Judy Ready Dance Studio, youth stage.
• 2:15 p.m. – The Kernel, music stage.
• 4 p.m. – The Pollies, music stage.
• 4:30 p.m. – Partlow Drummers, youth stage.

Sunday
• 1:15 p.m. – McArthur Trio, music stage.
• 2 p.m. – Tupelo Ballet, youth stage.
• 3 p.m. – Paper Blues, music stage.
• 4 p.m. – Awards presentation, youth stage.