Fair weather fuels festival attendance
By David Royer
Attendance at this year’s 25th annual Cooper-Young Festival remained strong and might have topped previous years thanks to mild weather, extra media support and a fireworks display, organizers said.
Between 120,000 and 130,000 people packed into the neighborhood Sept. 15, said Cooper Young Business Association Director Tamara Cook, citing fire department crowd estimates. Last year’s festival attracted an estimated 120,000, Cook said.
After a light rainfall in the morning, skies cleared and temperatures remained comfortable for festival-goers.
Extra police from Shelby County were brought in this year in anticipation of bigger crowds, Cook said, but no major incidents were reported during the festival, save for three children who were briefly separated from their parents and a driver who sideswiped several cars along Nelson.
“It’s amazing to me how you have this many people and don’t have any problems,” Cook said.