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A Day of Merrymaking Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who made our first family festival, A Day of Merrymaking in Overton Park, a huge success!  More than 2,500 visitors helped us welcome summer at the park on a gorgeous day full of entertainment, activities, and delicious treats.  We saw everything from acrobatic feats to hula hoop contests to dogs leaping through the air.  We hope you had as much fun as we did.  Here are a few highlights:

We loved meeting all of you in the Overton Park Conservancy photo booth!  (Check out the full set here.)

OPC photo booth

Our sponsors not only made the event possible, they made it more fun because so many of them joined us on Saturday.  Special HUGE thanks to our presenting sponsor, FedEx, which also brought many of the awesome volunteers who staffed the event.  We also had several of our awesome Conservancy and Team Overton Park volunteers helping out as well.

Sponsors and volunteers

Valeria’s Wings kept people in the sky all day long.

Valeria's Wings

The music stage featured great performances from Misti Rae, Mister Adams, The Mighty Souls Brass Band, and John Kilzer.

Mighty Souls Brass Band

Over at the Storytelling Stage, Willy Bearden shared truly special stories from the park’s history, and we heard wonderful tales from Luna Kelondra and Windsong Levitch.

Willy Bearden

Hollywood Feed sponsored enough activities to wear out even the most energetic dog, including this canine agility course.

Canine agility course by Hollywood Feed

YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South had kids hula hooping, racing, and shooting hoops all day, not to mention flying through the air and rock climbing.

YMCA hula hooping

Brooks Museum of Art, Art Center Memphis, and Front Porch Art presented an Art Adventure for the creatively inclined.

Art Adventure

So many great vendors were on hand to offer their creations and make new friends.


From Italian ice to barbecue to hummus, there was plenty of amazing food to choose from.

Food trucks

And finally, we were thrilled to see the warm reception to our sneak preview of the new Rainbow Lake Playground.  We can’t wait to invite everyone back when construction is completed in a couple of weeks.  For now, it looks like the Big Green Mound and the merry-go-round may be competing for most popular destination!

Rainbow Lake Playground

See all the photos from the event here.  Thanks to Jay Adkins and Nathan Berry for helping us document the festivities.

Thank you to everyone who made this day possible, and for everyone who came out and spent such a happy afternoon with us.  We plan to make this an annual event, so we hope to see everyone back next year!


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Thanks to our sponsors:

And our vendors: