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.
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!
Valeria’s Wings amazed us with high-flying aerial shows.
Jeff Hulett, Marcella Simien, and The Candy Company kept things rocking onstage.
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 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.
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.
Art Center Memphis hosted an Art Adventure tent where kids could cool off and get creative.
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.
From chicken-on-a-stick to snow cones to fresh-squeezed lemonade, there was no reason to leave hungry.
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:
- Art Center Memphis
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
- Classic Party Rentals
- Echo Systems
- Hollywood Feed
- Hyde Family Foundations
- Memphis Zoo
- Midtown Yoga
- Regional One Health
And our vendors:
- Barefoot Books
- Bergmann for Congress Campaign
- Birth Boot Camp
- The Bridge Newspaper
- Citizens to Preserve Overton Park
- Co-Motion Studio
- Samantha Crespo, author of 100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die
- Games by DiAne
- Good Hands Community Care
- Good Vibes Girl
- Habitat for Hope
- Huey’s Kid’s Zone
- Jewelry by Cindy Jacobson
- Legg Up Cat Rescue & Adoptions
- Mama Save Ice
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Mid-South Buccaneers
- Minnie Miles Travel
- Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories
- Pyramid Dance Company
- Scentsy Fragrance
- Two Old Dragons
- Wineshop at Home with Meredith
- Youngblood Studio
- YoYo Balloons and More
And our food trucks: