TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) – Physician John Armistead has proven his work on the GumTree Competition for greater than 20 years, coping with all forms of climate. He remembered one 12 months when issues bought actually intense.
“Tornadoes had been threatening and so they requested all people to place their work contained in the courthouse,” stated Dr. Armistead.
With heavy rains within the weekend forecast, competition organizers determined to maneuver the whole lot contained in the BancorpSouth Enviornment.
“Luckily for us and for GumTree, we didn’t have an occasion scheduled within the area in the present day, or for Saturday, we had been capable of transfer them inside, transfer live shows inside,” stated Bancorpsouth Enviornment director Todd Hunt.
Together with transferring the complete competition indoors because of the menace of climate, one other huge change is the schedule.
For the primary time, the GumTree competition won’t run on Mom’s Day.
“A number of the artisans weren’t doing as a lot on Sundays, needed to depart on Saturday, that left only a few for Sunday,” stated GumTree chairperson Gail Boland.
Greater than 60 artists have arrange all through the concourse, and behind the stage on the sector flooring. Musical acts will carry out on the sector stage, and the sector’s concession stands will likely be opened.
Artists promoting the whole lot from work, jewellery, clothes and different objects are wanting ahead to the well-known competition the place the climate is just not an element.
“With it being a brand new expertise, new present, meet a lot of totally different folks, it’s only a nice location,” stated Mark Ferguson, of Naples, Florida.
“If it’s going to be thunder and rain then I desire inside, we’re prepared for somewhat little bit of showers, however seems to be prefer it’s going to be an enormous one,” stated Garland Farwell, of York, Alabama.
“I all the time get folks coming going, so what number of cats do you could have, as a result of so lots of my drawings are so many sizes of cats, it’s all the time enjoyable,” stated Carrie Aldefer, of Huntsville, Alabama.
“We’ve bought current clients coming again to make purchases, we’re excited concerning the alternative to show our jewellery to the group, ” stated Gabrielle Cooper, of Tupelo.
That is the 48th 12 months for the GumTree Competition.
There isn’t any cost for admission.
For extra data go to gumtreefestival.com.