A Memphis tradition for more than three decades, the Cooper-Young Festival in its first few years was “more or less like a yard sale,” said Tamara Cook, executive director of the Cooper-Young Business Association, which runs the event.

Some yard sale. In 2022, a person might need a lawn as large as the one at the White House to host the event.

Billed as the 34th annual Cooper-Young Festival, this year’s celebration of one of Memphis’ hippest neighborhoods is expected to attract close to 130,000 people to its two stages of live music and 400-plus vendor booths, Cook said.

If that prediction proves correct, the festival will have returned more or less to the full strength it had achieved before 2020, when the event — like so many others that year — was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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