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Full weekend of events planned for Tupelo.

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Updated: 5/10/2013 10:50 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- If you plan on being in Tupelo for the weekend, we've got a weekend preview of all the events going on around town. Starting first with the 8th Annual "White Buffalo Pow Wow."

"We have a bunch of Native American Tribes that come in and they dance. We have Aztec dancers that come in and perform and they compete for cash prizes and different things," said Lindsay Bullock who spoke on behalf of the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo.

The possibility of rain is not going to run the Pow Wow off, but it has moved to the Tupelo Furniture Market Building five.

"This year we have special guests RJ and Jay Paul from "Swamp People," and they have Native American roots.  They are coming up to sign autographs and meet the people.  So, we will be doing that from 12pm until 4pm on Saturday and 12pm to 3pm on Sunday," said Bullock.

For car lovers, this weekend the Tupelo Automobile Museum will be hosting the 2nd Annual "Blue Oval All Ford Cruise."

"Saturday, there will be a "Cruise In" a lot of cars outside, a lot of things to come and look at. Friday afternoon, there is going to be a cruise up to George Poteet's Ford Farm for an all Ford event. We are looking forward to it. There are going to be a lot of really nice Henry Ford cars here in our parking lot," said Allen McDaniel with the Tupelo Automobile Museum.

Last but not least, this weekend will also see the return of the Gum Tree Festival in downtown Tupelo.  Set up took  place on Friday morning for the Gumball, a fundraiser offering a silent auction with music and food. We spoke with the Tupelo Convention and Visitor's Bureau on the telephone to get remarks about what the events mean for the city.

"The more events there are and the more events that we can create like this weekend, the more opportunities we are going to have to get people to come in and spend the night in a hotel, eat in a restaurant, shop downtown, and at the mall and for them to just really experience Tupelo," said Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Neal McCoy.

McCoy says bottom line, more festivals and events in the area mean more money pumped into the local economy.

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