Tupelo to host food, fun Thursday

TUPELO – Downtown Tupelo will be busier than usual on Thursday.
The day will close at Fairpark with the first Down on Main concert of the 2010 season, but activities are scheduled throughout the day.
You’re welcome to grab some free food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Downtown Summer Picnic.
“The merchants are having a progressive lunch,” said Allie West, program director for the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. “That’s where you get your hot dog at one place, then you walk to another place to get a Rice Krispies Treat and another for a tomato sandwich.”
Most downtown merchants will extend their hours until 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Kids are invited to drop by the Tupelo Farmer’s Market, which will change its name to the Children’s Farmer’s Market at 6 p.m. The topic will be “Plant People,” and it’s free.
“They’ll be making people out of plant material,” West said. “It’ll be like a Mr. Potato Head thing.”
At 6:30 p.m., visit the Fairpark stage to catch John Paul Keith & the One-Four-Fives. They’ll be followed by the modern-day Mississippi blues of Hill Country Revue.
Learn more about the bands and sample their music at johnpaulkeith.net and www.hillcountryrevue.com.
Coolers won’t be allowed at Fairpark, but vendors will be open.
“We encourage everyone to bring chairs and blankets, maybe bug spray, and enjoy a great night of music,” West said. “We’re trying to make Thursday the day to come downtown.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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