OUR OPINION: Race for the Cure leads festival list

By NEMS Daily Journal

The fall festival season in Northeast Mississippi takes advantage of a changing season to move events outside, a drawback for some celebrations during the hottest months of summer.
All of the events on the Tupelo calendar, and a new Chili Cook-off and Fall Fest in Amory, promote community spirit, and one, the North Mississippi Komen Race for the Cure, is part of an immense network dedicated to funding and finding a cure for breast cancer.
The month of events includes opportunities for learning how to improve Tupelo’s quality of life. A design seminar with the theme “Keeping Up Appearances” is set for Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, and it’s open to any Tupelo business owner.
The 12th annual Tupelo Chili Fest on Oct. 12 continues what started as a daytime-only competition and fundraiser, with business and corporate teams competing for honors, and Jim Bean making a cauldron of his restaurant’s chili to fill the ticket orders. Now, the fundraiser for Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has an after-dark segment that’s geared more for adults, featuring music, beer and, of course, chili.
Other events include downtown’s participation in Halloween week with carnival and trick-or-treating Oct. 27.
Pigskins in the Park brings Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans to Fairpark for tailgating, with proceeds from alcohol sales going to DTMSA. Games will be shown on a Jumbotron-size screen.
The outdoor festival season concludes with the North Pole Stroll on Dec. 1 and the Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.
The Oct. 29 North Mississippi Komen Race for the Cure moves from The Mall at Barnes Crossing to downtown near The Hilton Garden Inn and in Fairpark, with the race beginning at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A preliminary event Oct. 27, Tea on the Green at Fairpark in downtown, is free to breast cancer survivors who have registered for the Race for the Cure, and $10 for guests and others. Call (662) 377-4049.
The race is at 8 a.m. Oct. 29, with online registration available until Oct. 25 at www.komennorthms.org.
Many corporate promotions of the event can provide information through individual businesses.
The profits from the race help breast cancer survivors and patients in Northeast Mississippi and are applied to research for a cure.
The official website, www.komen.org, offers comprehensive information about the cause.
Its success has virtually made pink the official color of October, with splashes of it on everything related to the campaign and the races.

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