CY Fest turning 25 in September

By the Cooper Young Business Association

Memphis’ largest and most anticipated neighborhood event, located at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue, will be the place to be this year along with all your friends, more than 400 vendors, art booths and some of the best local talent.

Art, music, games and fireworks are slated to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of the Cooper-Young Festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 (rain date Sept. 16).

The Cooper-Young Festival is a free, family-friendly music, arts and crafts street festival that draws more than 120,000 people to the “hip-storic” Cooper-Young district for a day of music, art, shopping, people watching and dining.

The festival is hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association annually to make the district known locally and regionally and to draw homeowners, merchants and businesses into the neighborhood. Proceeds from the festival are redistributed back into community nonprofit organizations and the local police community office and to make improvements to the infrastructure of the neighborhood. The 2012 CY Festival is dedicated to our beloved festival chairman for the last 25 years, Bill Stemmler.

The Cooper-Young Festival has always been about the art and home-grown music. Spend the day perusing the hand-made art up and down the street; pick up some funky items that will spur your senses for when you have to leave our little eclectic part of the city.

Music starts on the Main Stage at 12:15 p.m. with the Ross Rice Band headlining at 5:15 p.m. On three stages during the day, catch the tunes of Nancy Apple, Tiger High, Darien Clea, Darrel Petties, The Memphis Dawls, Patrick Todd Trio and Freakenyeah, to name a few. Check out the music lineup here.

In the Children’s Area, hosted by the Civitans, there will be bouncing fun, and games of chance and skill. You can take a slide down the Memphis Grizzlies slide or paint the day away with the students and staff of the Memphis College of Art. While you are here, be sure to get a picture taken with your favorite Super Hero. The Children’s Area is sponsored each year by Lenny’s Sub Shop.

In honor of our 25th anniversary, please join us for a fireworks display, funded solely by CY independent business owners in celebration of our community and heritage. Fireworks will start immediately after the Ross Rice Band’s set on the Main Stage at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Each year, the festival has various pre- and post- events. This year, join us from 6- 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the David Perry Smith Gallery for the CY Art Invitational, a showcase the art by local CY artists. The art on display is for sale and all proceeds go to the artists. This free event has open wine/beer bars and live music from 6-9 p.m.

And on Friday, Sept. 14, the Festival 4-Miler is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Bluff City Sports, 769 Cooper.

The Cooper-Young Festival is consistently one of the most celebrated events in Memphis, a gathering that brings attendees in from all over the Mid-South for a day of live entertainment, fun and shopping in one of the great historic neighborhoods of Memphis.

Please consider recycling your aluminum cans at this year’s festival in support of the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Remember, while the neighborhood is pet friendly, animals are not allowed into the festival.

Sponsors for this year’s festival are: Miller Lite, Lenny’s Sub Shop, CA Media, Memphis Grizzlies, Sam’s Town, Albert Cook Plumbing, Gossett Mitsubishi, Southland Park Gaming & Racing, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Bank of America, CVS, FM100, WRVR 104.5, ESPN 92.9, WKQK 94.1, Cadence Bank, Toof Commercial Printing, Smoothie King Collierville, Methodist Healthcare, Emergency Mobile Health Care, Delta Ice Services, and Pro-Show Systems Memphis.

This is THE celebration of the last days of summer.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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