Tupelo CVB to create city events calendar

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Soon residents and visitors will be able to turn to one calendar to find out what’s going on in Tupelo, whether it’s a festival, a play or a run.
The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is creating a master calendar for all events happening within Tupelo. But before it’s created, the CVB needs to be in touch with all events organizers in the city.
That job is going to Pat Rasberry, who, in addition to being the Tupelo film commissioner, is now also the in-market strategist. She’s looking for all event organizers to contact her by Monday to be included in the calendar.
“What we want to do is create an accurate calendar so they can plan their events accordingly,” she said. “Visitors who come to town can see the different events that are going on, and if we have several events in one weekend, we’ll know about it and will have the chance to cross-promote the events,” Rasberry said.
An example of that is March 2013.
Tupelo Community Theatre’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a Tupelo Symphony Orchestra performance and Tupelo Ballet’s “Cinderella” are all taking place the weekend of March 23, 2013.
Rasberry said three big events like those will make for a great arts weekend in Tupelo, where all three shows can be cross-promoted.
“We may be a small market, but we’re a busy city,” Rasberry said.
Events organizers will be able to update the online calendar themselves; Rasberry will give final say on the event listing before it goes on the calendar. The calendar information also will be distributed to hotels so visitors can see what the city has to offer.
Later, Rasberry will work on a live music calendar for the city of Tupelo.
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Get Listed
If you’re an events organizer in Tupelo, learn how to get your events listed in the CVB calendar by contacting Pat Rasberry at prasberry@tupelo.net or (662) 841-6521.