Rain doesn’t dampen enthusiasm for festival partners

When I got to Cooper-Young festival morning, it was 4:30 a.m. and raining. Loading in artists at 6 a.m., you couldn’t see the booth numbers, and it was still drizzling. Around 7:30 a.m., it finally stopped for about an hour or so until another drizzle at 9:00 a.m.. Needless to say, some of us were wet when the streets closed and everything started. But all in all, the festival day was a wonderful time with art, music, food and fun for all ages even if it was unbearably HOT. But like they say, that’s Memphis!

A special thank you to all the City of Memphis police officers and police reserves, Shelby County police officers and police reserves who were on top of their game this year! Some 150-plus of you. We felt very safe with you here and know that you do not have to work at this festival if you didn’t want to. Thank you.

Thank you to the volunteers that helped with load in this year. Your help was really needed and made a difference (even if some of you can’t read a map, ha!) and sorry that you ended up getting wet. Thank you to the following group of people who work year round on the Cooper-Young Festival with me. They are Steve Womack, Bill Stemmler, Stephen Crump, Bill Pritchard, Paul Clarke, 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. Thank you.

I would like to thank the numerous other people who stepped up when I asked for help with this event. Thank you so much for what you offered, gave, questioned, donated, and turned on, turned off or just did something without questions or comments for the greater good of the area. You have no idea how much your help meant in the big scheme of things: Stilly McFadden, Toof Commercial Printing; Brett Steiner, Russo’s New York Pizzeria; Matt Kan, Mulan Bistro; Josh Steiner, Strano!; 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; Ashley Snyder, Young Avenue Glassworks; Dale Johnson, SignWorks; The Lamplighter Staff; Graham Winchester; John Miller; Nancy and Jim Pettit, Memphis Drum Shop; Ryan Trimm, Sweet Grass / Next Door; David Perry Smith, Hammer and Ale; Cooper Young Community Association; Bobby Cook, Albert Cook Plumbing; David Bratton and Connie Buchanan, Bratton Construction; 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; Captain Owens and Shelby County Police Reserve Officers; Julie Terry and Staff, Civitans; CeCe Palazola and Students, Memphis College of Art; Paul and Chris Averwater; Nick Canterucci; Kim Halyak; Cameron Sandlin; Ardent Music Studios; BikeWalk Memphis; Innovate Memphis; Ham Smythe and Ride the Roo; Brian Summers and the CBU Baseball Team; Bumper Dunn; Jody Bear and ProShow Systems

A special thank you goes out to our Title Sponsor, Evolve Bank and Trust.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Cooper Young Festival possible. The 2016 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival is sponsored by the Commercial Appeal, Miller Lite, Memphis Grizzlies, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Wizard’s, Methodist Healthcare, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Lasik Vision Institute, Mulan Bistro, Local ABC 24, Local Cares, CW 30, Rock 103, 101.9 Kiss FM, News Radio 600 WREC, 1409 Posh Boutique – MS, Delta Ice Services, ProShow Systems, Toof American Digital Printing, Parcels @ Concourse, THE WALL, Ideal Image, Ride the Roo and The Wootton Clinic.

Please mark your calendar, September 16, 2017, for our 30th festival! It’s the second Saturday after Labor Day every year. Artist vendor booths go on sale on-line at www.cooperyoungfestival.com on June 15, 2017 at 12 am. 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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