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Reliving the Cooper-Young Festival, Memphis

Festival Fun Under the Memphis Sun
Festival Fun Under the Memphis Sun
Photo by Rolene H. Jones

An estimated 120,000 visitors showed up to party at Midtown's biggest festival. Originally, the Cooper-Young Festival was a way to attract people to our city's largest historic district. Now, it is a 400 vendor showcase of original crafts and art works by artisans from all over the south.

A one day event, the festival blasted from three music stages featuring local musicians. The event drew attendance numbers that rivaled our biggest spring festival, Memphis in May. "Voted one of the top 10 neighborhoods in America," says organizers, "Cooper-Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture, and heritage of Memphis." For these reasons, Cooper-Young has acquired the nick-name, "hip-storic neighborhood."

Kids had their own play/art area as a variety of bands associated with the Goner label performed. Marc Gurley and Ken Hall hosted the group School Rock, which featured young aspiring rock musicians. Music featured was rock, blues, hip-hop, R&B, and more. Members of the city's home team, the Grizzlies--with the Grizz Girls--gave away promos. There was dancing in the street, fun, laugher, cold beer, and, food, food, food! The next Cooper-Young Festival happens around 9/13/14. Rolene Jones