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Memphis in May will honor Memphis next year
Memphis in May will honor Memphis next year
Posted on 08/10/2018
For the first time in its history, Memphis in May International Festival is breaking with the tradition of honoring a country with its annual celebration and will instead honor its hometown next year.

The announcement was made Thursday night at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The 2019 festival will coincide with the city’s’ 200th birthday on May 22. Celebrate Memphis, a new event, will be held at the end of the festival to honor the city’s bicentennial commemoration.

“We all know Memphis is a great city that is wonderfully authentic and next year we invite the world to celebrate our 200th birthday,” Mayor Jim Strickland said. 

This year’s Memphis in May International Festival, which honored the Czech Republic, brought in a record-setting $10.9 million in revenue, a 12 percent increase over 2017. The economic impact on Memphis and Shelby County was $137.7 million, with $3.5 million generated in local tax revenue. 

More than 100,000 people from all 50 states and 22 foreign countries enjoyed the three-day Beale Street Music Festival, while people from 23 states took part in the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, cooking and eating more than 30,000 pounds of pork.

“We got to showcase the city of Memphis to so many people outside our area – it was a huge success,” Memphis in May board chair Kristen Wright said. 

Click here to learn more about Memphis in May International Festival, and click here to see MIM’s news release on selecting Memphis as the 2019 honoree.
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