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Thanks for making merry with us!

The nearly 2,000 park visitors who came to our second annual Day of Merrymaking festival this weekend got to enjoy everything from canine feats of strength to a giant water slide to drinks straight out of a pineapple, and we are so glad you all chose to spend your day with us!  We got to celebrate the second birthday of Overton Bark and the first birthday of Rainbow Lake Playground while making tons of new memories on the Greensward.  Here are some of our favorite photos from the day.

Many of you hammed it up with us in the Overton Park Conservancy photo booth.

Overton Park photo booth

FedEx was our presenting sponsor for the second year in a row, and once again they brought an incredible crew of volunteers to set up and staff the event.  They also donated the use of one of their corporate shuttles to make sure visitors parking at Overton Square could be shuttled quickly to the park.  (And they stopped in to have fun with us in the booth too!)  We want to give an extra big thanks to them, along with our other sponsors and volunteers, without whom we would never even try to put on such a large event!

FedEx volunteers

Valeria’s Wings amazed us with high-flying aerial shows.

Valeria's Wings

Jeff Hulett, Marcella Simien, and The Candy Company kept things rocking onstage.

The Candy Company

Our dear friends at Hollywood Feed, who brought us Overton Bark and continue to generously support it, brought everything from doggie swimming pools to an agility course. 

Hollywood Feed


Hollywood Feed also brought us this year’s most popular attraction, the giant water slide, along with the dunk tank.  On such a hot day, it was great to see all the kids having such a great time cooling off.

Water slide

Kids had the chance to shoot hoops at the Memphis Grizzlies bouncy house, climb the giant rock wall, or hula hoop with Co-Motion Studio.

Co-Motion Studio

Art Center Memphis hosted an Art Adventure tent where kids could cool off and get creative.

Art Adventure

We had a full spectrum of great vendors, including the Mid-South Buccaneers, who accepted donations at the stocks to benefit the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children.

Mid-South Buccaneers

From chicken-on-a-stick to snow cones to fresh-squeezed lemonade, there was no reason to leave hungry.

Memphis Punch

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

Thank you to everyone who made this day possible, to the rain for holding off until the very end of the day, and to all of you who came out and celebrated the park with us.

Thanks to our sponsors:

And our vendors:

And our food trucks: