Putting the 'Creation' in Recreation:
While some vendors presented information, others showed creation at the Cooper-Young Festival on Saturday.
By Christina Holloway, MicroMemphis Reporter
Thousands of Memphians came together Saturday for the annual Cooper-Young festival. Live music, carnival food and fireworks were just a small part of this big event, which also welcomed in vendors from around the city.
One particular vendor, Jennifer Hyatt, made her art from metal and other recyclable products. The objects were similar to wind chimes, but out of completely different materials. When asked to take a picture, she said no- her art is like her babies, and she doesn’t want anyone copying her ideas.
Some vendors informed- like the Shelby Farms Conservatory- while others entertained- like the Hoola Troopers. From the “Troopers” to pottery, Tye-dye tees to jewelry, guests of this event had many things to look at.
Sculptor Eli Gold used his creative side for protection—he carved real books into the shape of guns. A goofy character, when asked how he made them, he simply replied "Out of books." After all, Knowledge is POWer.
The festival welcomed in a popular mobile guest- the “Amurica” photo booth trailer. People were able to sit and take pictures on the inside, while others were able to watch them on a screen from the outside as they took the pictures.
Cooper-Young is known for it's bars, night-outs, and overall feel-good atmosphere. Each year, the Cooper-Young festival brings in unique individuals, so don't miss out next time it rolls around.