The Natchez Trace Compact would like to thank the National Park Service, Eastern National and the Natchez Trace Parkway Association for sponsoring the Natchez Trace Parkway 75th Anniversary event in Tupelo, MS. This fun, family-friendly event was a big success and we hope everyone enjoyed all of the activities.
Local car enthusiasts presented over 80 classic vehicles, people dressed as historical characters important to the Trace showed off their skills and knowledge representing the 1930s and The Tombigbee Pioneer Group shared their traditional crafts and skills.
Children had the opportunity to participate in a mock archaeological dig, find “animals” while “driving” on the Beech Springs Trail, vote for their favorite classic car, and earn a special patch.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians shared traditional dancing in between music sets and presented displays of traditional clothing and beadwork.
Local musicians took visitors on a musical history tour. They started with music playing on the dulcimer, leading to bluegrass and gospel, and ended with a rock n’ roll tribute to Elvis Presley.
Hot dogs and sodas were sold at 1938 prices, thanks to the support of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association.
This event was a blast and we are so glad a great crowd came out to join the fun! Take a look pictures from the event here.