Volunteers, sponsors, partners make festival fly

Thank you to the following group of people who work year round on the Cooper Young Festival: Steve Womack, Bill Stemmler, Stephen Crump, Bill Pritchard, Ben Smith, Charlie Ryan, Chuck Parr, Cameron Mann and Ken Whitehead. These people have other full-time jobs and commit thousands of hours of volunteer time over the year.

I would like to thank the numerous others who stepped up when I asked for help with this event: Stilly McFadden, Toof Commercial Printing; Marcella Vega, Collier Insurance; Matt Kan, Mulan Bistro; Eric and Zac, Goner Records; John Payne, CoWork Memphis; Bill Malone, Crye-Leike Realtors; Jay, You Know Who You Are; Ronald Kent, Chris Garrett, A. S. Barboro; Bret James, Decade Properties; Ashley Snyder, Young Avenue Glassworks; Jay Etkin, Jay Etkin Gallery; Dale Johnson, SignWorks; The Lamplighter Staff; Nancy and Jim Pettit, Memphis Drum Shop; Ryan Trimm, Sweet Grass / Next Door; Ben Smith, Tsunami; Cooper Young Community Association; Bobby Cook, Albert Cook Plumbing; David Bratton and Connie Buchanan, Bratton Construction; David Perry Smith, Hammer and Ale; Eric Babb and Joey Price, Wilson-Babb Upholstery; Julia Hicks and First Congregational Church; Eric and David, Memphis Fitness Kickboxing; Steve Womack, State Farm Insurance; Colonel Houston and his Crump Precinct Officers; Lt. Freed and the Memphis Police Reserve Officers; Captain David Edmonds, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department; Lt. Mills and Shelby County Police Reserve Officers; Julie Terry and Staff, Civitans; CeCe Palazola and Students, Memphis College of Art; Paul and Chris Averwater; Bumper Dunn; Jody Bear and ProShow Systems; Josh Steiner and Strano!

A special thank you goes out to our title sponsor, Evolve Bank and Trust, and to our other sponsors for making this year’s festival possible.: the Commercial Appeal, Miller Lite, Christian Brothers University, Memphis Grizzlies, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Wizard’s, Camp Bow Wow, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, School of Rock, Direct General Insurance, Go Ape, Local ABC 24, Local Cares, CW 30, Rock 103, 101.9 Kiss FM, News Radio 600 WREC, Emergency Mobile Health Care, Lens Rentals, Delta Ice Services, CVS Health, Verizon Wireless, Memorial Park and Toof American Digital Printing.

Please mark your calendar for September 17th, 2016 for our 29th festival. It’s the second Saturday after Labor Day every year. Artist vendor booths go on sale on-line at cooperyoungfestival.com on June 15th, 2016 at midnight. See you then! — Tamara Cook,

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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