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Tupelo celebrates MS bicentennial

Tupelo is celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial today.

The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. tonight in the Downtown/Fairpark area.

Events will include historical re-enactments, Mississippi-themed art exhibits, and a kids zone, along with specialty shopping and food.

An interactive street-side photo gallery will also be displayed throughout downtown Tupelo.

The photos will depict stories being told by eight residents of Tupelo as part of a documentary storytelling workshop. The large photos will have unique QR codes at the bottom that visitors will be able to scan and then take them to a corresponding video which will further tell Tupelo’s story.

“The photo documentary workshop with Blue Magnolia was a memory that I will cherish for a life time,” said Debbie Brangenberg Director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. “The process was intense but well worth the gift of the personal skills learned. The end result, amazing stories capturing pieces of the puzzle that make up the Tupelo Spirit.”

Reagan Pepper with the Tupelo Main Street Association said the reenactments will take place from 5-7 p.m. and will highlight major events in Tupelo’s history, including the story of Elvis.

All of the events will lead up to the final “Down on Main” concert which is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Jeff Crosby and the Refugees and as the headliner, Vicksburg native George McConnell.

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