Letter from the president: festival freak out


Once again, it’s time to get ready for the best race in the city, followed by the biggest & baddest Festival around! The first couple weeks of September always see a flurry of activity in preparation for the CY 4-Miler and what seems like a hundred calls from desperate procrastinators in search of a Festival booth. (For the last time, stop calling me about Festival booths! That is run by the CY Business Association and the booths sold out months ago!)

This year, I get the privilege, once again, of escorting my mother through the CY Festival, which is much like trying to follow a toddler with ADHD through the Delta Fair. Distracted by anything glass and shiny, she darts in and out of booths so fast that I regret not having one of those child harnesses just to keep from losing her. She is short, nimble, and can run circles around me. I would seriously consider hiding my dog’s GPS tracker in her purse if I thought that I would actually have cell service to track her.

Which brings me to my last gripe…I always enjoy running into old friends, or just friends I never get to see, at the race and the Festival. What I don’t enjoy is having no cell service all Festival day, which means said friends can’t find me. Disclaimer: If you need to see or talk to me Festival day, check in or around the CYCA booth near the corner of Cooper and Young. If I’m not out chasing my mother through the crowd, I’ll be the one grumbling about the overloaded cellular network and lack of Wi-Fi that have rendered our credit card service useless again.

And if you’re in the mood to have a great time while giving back to your community, there are still plenty of open volunteer shifts for the CY 4-Miler and the CYCA booth on Festival day. Just email Kristen at info@cooperyoung.org or call 272-2922 for information on how to sign up. Hope to see you there!

June Hurt

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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