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August 20, 2017
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Mississippi
Elvis Festival, Tupelo, May 31 to June 2, 2002 • It may not be Graceland, but there are plenty of sequins and sideburns at this festival in the King's birthplace. And there's actually more to do than listen to gyrating impersonators in blue suede shoes: events include bicycle races, parades and a movie poster exhibit of all 33 of Elvis' films. If you're a diehard fan this shouldn't be missed. Information: (662) 841-6598; www.tupeloelvisfestival. com.

Great River Road Food Festival, Natchez, August 17 to 19 • The highlight of this three-day food festival is "Great Chefs in Great Houses," where guests are treated to gastronomic dinners by regional chefs in luxurious plantation houses. There are also tastings, exhibits and demonstrations. Participating chefs include Horst Pfeifer of Bella Luna Restaurant in New Orleans. Information: (800) 647-6724; www.natchez.ms.us.

South Carolina
Spoleto Festival, Charleston, May 24 to June 9, 2002 • In 1958, composer Gian Carlo Menotti created an arts festival in Spoleto, Italy, as a forum for young American artists in Europe. When Menotti planned an American festival, he searched for a city that was the perfect counterpart to Spoleto. He decided on Charleston. The festival just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and combines traditional and contemporary works of opera, chamber, choral and symphonic music, jazz, theatre, ballet, classical and modern dance, literature and visual art. Past productions included Tennessee Williams, the Joffrey Ballet, Bright Sheng and Philip Glass. Lineups for 2002 won't be announced until October, so check the website for updates. Information: (843) 579-3100; www.spoletousa.org.

Sun Fun Festival, Myrtle Beach, May 30 to June 3, 2002 • For four days, South Carolina's Grand Strand is filled with music, comedy, golf tournaments, light shows, theatre and fireworks. There are also lots of contests, including bubble-gum blowing, sandcastle-building and watermelon-eating. This one is perfect for families as there's plenty to keep everyone amused. Information: (843) 626-7444; www.mbchamber.com/sunfun.html.

Tennessee
Memphis in May, May 3 to 26, 2002 • About one million disciples of blues, beer and barbecue descend upon Memphis during May. Besides the world's largest BBQ contest, there's the Beale Street music festival, which features more than 60 acts. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Shemeika Copeland, the Dave Matthews Band, Jonny Lang and Blues Traveler have all played here. As if that weren't enough, there's also a southern food festival, a Sunday symphony outdoor concert, an arts fair featuring works by local and regional artists and a children's area with puppet shows, games and crafts. Information: (901) 525-4611; www.memphisin may.org.

Country Music Fan Fair, Nashville, June 17 to 22, 2002 • Fan Fair is a country-music lover's Woodstock and for country-music performers it's a chance to reciprocate the attention. After all, after God and momma, there's nothing more sacred than a singer's relationship with the fans. The annual five-day event offers more than 30 hours of live performances, as well as opportunities for fans to meet their favourite artists and get autographs and photos. Past performers include Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire, Clint Black and Faith Hill. Information: (866) FAN-FAIR; www.fan fair.com.

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