Thank you for a fantastic 2016! We will begin announcing our 2017 Festival dates in August

Director of Operations

The Memphis in May International Festival is seeking an experienced event operations and production professional with demonstrated success in managing large-scale public events to lead our operations department.  The successful candidate will have expertise in negotiating and managing vendor and event operations including sound, lights, staging, electrical, police, fire and public safety components, as well as experience in site development, parking, food and beverage operations, warehouse, asset, labor and volunteer management.  This is a full-time, year-round position managing multiple public assembly and outdoor events for one of America’s leading civic festival organizations.  

We seek a highly responsible individual who is detail-oriented and an energetic team player capable of working long hours managing multiple large-scale events within a narrow timeframe, while adhering to strict deadlines and budget parameters.  This position requires an individual who is an effective communicator and is both strategic and hands on.  College degree or equivalent experience is required. 

This is one of five management staff positions that report directly to the president & CEO.  This position is responsible for planning, implementing and managing production elements and operations of all events.  The position requires a candidate with a minimum of five years of major public event management experience.

This is a career position with a successful, respected and stable organization that offers a starting salary range between $60,000 and $80,000 along with a desirable benefits package including paid medical insurance coverage and reimbursement plan, 401K plan, bonus and liberal vacation plan.

For consideration, please submit resume with cover letter, salary history and expectations no later than August 15, 2016 to or by fax to 901-525-4686.  

MIMIF encourages minority participation and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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2016 Great American River Run Winners Announced


2016 Great American River Run
Shatters First Year Expectations

MEMPHIS, TN. May 29, 2016  – The inaugural Great American River Run half marathon and 5K, held in downtown Memphis on Saturday, May 28, saw more than 2300 registrants from 34 states and 4 foreign countries. With almost equal numbers of 5K and half marathon participants, numbers for the race exceeded first year expectations. Both courses showcased historic downtown Memphis, highlighting the Mississippi River and were well received by runners of the Memphis in May International Festival sanctioned event.

"We are very encouraged by the turnout for our inaugural event," said Jim Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. "The local, national and international reception for Great American River Run was very positive and we are looking forward to even bigger crowds in 2017." half marathon winner, Pius Nyantika from Louisville, Ky, finished in 1 hour 7 mins 23.1 seconds, with the fastest female finisher, Samantha Campanaro from Germantown, Tenn, clocking in at 1 hour 27 minutes, 43.3 seconds. 

On the 5K course, 17 year-old Christopher Walls from Arlington, Tenn, was the first finisher at 18 minutes 8.7 seconds; with the fastest female, Jamie Turner of Memphis, Tenn, coming in at 20 minutes, 43.9 seconds. 

2016 Great American River Run, sponsored by AutoZone - Top Five Finishers

Men's Half - Top Five Finishers:

Pius Nyantika 1:07:23.1
Japhet Kipkoech 1:09:44.6
Joseph Chebet 1:13:16.5
Matt Weickert 1:20:11.1
Eric Skaug 1:26:58.4

Women's Half - Top Five Finishers:
Samantha Campanaro 1:27:43.3
Cali Boyette 1:39:48.8
Janessa Marx 1:40:08.9
Leslie Sykes 1:41:07.7
Clare Anderson 1:41:54.5

Men's 5K - Top Five Finishers:
Christopher Walls 18:08.7
Dakotah Thompson 18:14.5
Romadel Delasalas 19:28.3
Christian Brackeen 19:39.1
Andrew Thrasher 19:57.3

Women's 5K - Top Five Finishers:
Jamie Turner 20:43.9
Emily Churchwell 22:01.8
Sharon Murtaugh 22:58.1
Aliyah Williamson 23:26.9
Bailey Grimes 23:27.5

About Memphis in May
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contribute more than $70 million in economic impact to the community, foster civic pride, promote awareness of Memphis heritage, and build international relationships and understanding through education.

Memphis in May International is the official Festival of the City of Memphis, and the recipient of 184 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. Memphis in May International Festival was recently named the Top Festival in the Southern United States in a nationwide readers’ poll by USA Today 10 Best.


Posted by Penelope Huston at Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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901Fest - A Celebration of all Things Memphis

Join us for 901Fest - a celebration of all things Memphis!
Memphis music. Memphis food. Memphis merchandise.
Saturday, May 28 at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis.

Imagine all your Memphis favorites together with the beautiful Mississippi River as the backdrop and you've got Memphis in May's newest event, 901Fest! We've got all the bases covered, from music to food, beer & wine, to merchandise. Learn more about all the family fun below and make it a Memorial Day weekend to remember!

Purchase tickets for 901Fest here.

901Fest Rundown
Gates open - 3:00 pm  |  Music begins - 3:30 pm  |  Air Show - 4:15 pm  |  Fireworks finale - 9:30 pm

Four stages stacked with the 901's favorite music and talents. View the full music lineup below or click here.

Orion 901 Rocks Stage

North Mississippi Allstars – 8:15
Dead Soldiers – 6:30
Star & Micey – 4:45
The Incredible Hook – 3:30

NexAir 901 Beats Stage
Al Kapone – 8:20
Frayser Boy – 7:20
Lyl Wyte – 6:20
Tyke T – 4:45
Artistik Approach – 3:30 

AutoZone 901 Arts Stage
Opera Memphis – 8:20
Iris Orchestra – 7:25
School of Rock – 6:00
New Ballet Ensemble – 4:45
Stax Music Academy – 3:30 

FanBank 901 Fan Choice Stage
Zigadoo Moneyclips – 7:50
CCDE – 6:20
Nuttin’ Fancy Band – 4:50

BBQ, cupcakes, popsicles, beer, baked goods and more! View the full list of food vendors here.

Art, jewelry, illustrations, crafts and more! See the full list of merchandise vendors here.

Jump in the ball and hang out tight, free sessions of knockerball are coming at you! Stop by the designated knockerball area from 4:00-8:00 pm and bounce around a bit.

Commemorative Air Show
A fan favorite during every festival, the most exciting air show in Memphis is back! Keep a look out for the special 767 flyover and enjoy the great family entertainment starting at 4:15. 

Celebrate the close of another great festival and take in a Memphis-themed fireworks display along the Mississippi River.

901Fest FAQ's
Q: What can I bring in with me?
A: Blankets and small umbrellas are allowed at 901Fest. Leave your coolers, outside food and drink, lawn chairs, thrown objects (football, frisbee, etc.) and weapons (including pocket knives) at home.

Q: Where should I park?
A: Parking garages and lots around Tom Lee Park can be located here.

Q: How much are tickets and where can I buy them at?
A: Tickets are $9 in advance (click here) or $10 at the gate on Riverside and Beale. Kids six and under will be admitted at no cost.

Q: Can I bring a bag or backpack?
A: Backpacks larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall are not allowed at 901Fest. All purses and backpacks are subject to inspection.

Q: Where can I enter?
A: Entrance to the 901Fest is at Beale and Riverside only. Patrons with advance tickets may enter at the two gates on the Bluff walk. There is no patron entry at Riverside and Georgia for this event.   

Q: Can I bring my camera?
A: For the convenience of festival goers, cameras are not allowed with the exception of cell phone devices. Cameras are allowed for credentialed media with photography passes.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 0 comments
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WCBCC16 - Grand Champion and Final Results

Jack’s Old South Named Grand Champion of the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

May 14, 2016 (Memphis, TN): Final Results of the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest Announced

Two hundred thirty-five barbecue competitors from 22 states and five foreign countries met on the banks of the Mississippi River this weekend to see who had the best barbecue on the planet. Tonight, Jack’s Old South barbecue team from Unadilla, Georgia, was crowned Grand Champion of America’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition, the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (WCBCC).

This is the fourth Grand Champion title for Jack’s Old South at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, having won in 2001, 2004, 2007 and now in 2016. The only other team to win four WCBCC contests is Big Bob Gibson.

"This was my 20th anniversary at Memphis in May and to win Grand Champion four times, well I couldn't be happier! Both my brother and my son weren't with me the first three times, so this win is special,” said Myron Mixon from Jack’s Old South. “This whole team is new and they are all really excited."

When asked about tying Big Bob Gibson’s record of four Grand Championships Mixon said, "We're coming back to win it again next year!"

Jack’s Old South won the Whole Hog Division and was named Grand Champion of the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Contest taking home $30,500 in prize money.

“It is an amazing accomplishment to win Grand Champion four times, we couldn’t be happier for Jack’s Old South,” said Jim Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “To be named Grand Champion of the most prestigious barbecue cooking contest in the world even once is a huge accomplishment. Myron Mixon has risen to a level very few will ever experience.”

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest started in 1978 in a parking lot with a few dozen teams and their grills. The contest has grown to now occupy, and fill to capacity, 25-acre Tom Lee Park on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

Grand Champion - $30,500 - Jack’s Old South

Whole Hog
First Place - $5,000 - Jack’s Old South

Second Place - $2,250 - 3 Taxi Guys
Third Place - $1,500 - PLP Smokers, Competition Team
Fourth Place - $1,000 - Cotton Patch Cooking Crew
Fifth Place - $750 - Yazoo’s Delta Q
Sixth Place - $600 - 17th Street BBQ/Apple City
Seventh Place - $500 - Salty Rinse BBQ
Eighth Place - $400 - Pickin & Grillin
Ninth Place - $350 - Barbeque Republic
Tenth Place - $300 - Boom Boom Que

First Place - $5,000 - Lillie's Q

Second Place - $2,250 - Pork University
Third Place - $1,500 - People’s Republic of Swina
Fourth Place - $1,000 - Boofhead BBQ
Fifth Place - $750 - Moonlight Smokers
Sixth Place - $600 - The Grand Masters of Cooking Disasters
Seventh Place - $500 - Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
Eighth Place - $400 - Southern Hoggers BBQ Company
Ninth Place - $350 - Parrothead Porkers of Hogaritaville
Tenth Place - $300 - Barnstormers BBQ

First Place - $5,000 - 10 Bones BBQ

Second Place - $2,250 - Pitmaker-BBQ Addiction
Third Place - $1,500 - Prime Time BBQ
Fourth Place - $1,000 - AOC Hogs
Fifth Place - $750 - Pork Fiction
Sixth Place - $600 - Give the Devil His Que
Seventh Place - $500 - Boss Pitt
Eighth Place - $400 - Smoke Masters
Ninth Place - $350 - Dirk Piggler’s Porkographic BBQ
Tenth Place - $300 - Born in the Que S.A.

Patio Porkers
First Place - $2,000 - Phat Chance

Second Place - $1,000 - Bastey Boys
Third Place - $750 - Smoke a Little Smoke
Fourth Place - $500 - Bad Pig BBQ

Kingsford Tour of Champions
First Place - $1,500 - The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

Second Place - $1,000 - Too Sauced To Pork
Third Place - $750 - Boars Night Out
Fourth Place - $500 - Big Bob Gibson BBQ

Grilling Green Award
Awarded to the team that collected the most recyclables - Sloppy Chops 

Anything But (Exotic)
First Place - $1,250 - The Bastey Boys
Second Place - $600 - Suspicious Rinds
Third Place - $350 - Canadian BBQ Society 

Anything But (Beef)
First Place - $1,250 - Pitmaker-BBQ Addiction

Second Place - $600 - Willingham's
Third Place - $350 - Big South BBQ

Anything But (Seafood)
First Place - $1,250 - Knob Creek Smokers

Second Place - $600 - Down To Smoke (DTS)
Third Place - $350 - Uncle Murles BBQ

Anything But (Poultry)
First Place - $1,250 - Nuts N' Butts

Second Place - $600 - P-Funk and the Fat Back All-Starz
Third Place - $350 - Natural Born Grillers

Cattleman's Best Sauce (Tomato)
First Place - $1,200 - Prime Time BBQ

Second Place - $600 - The Grilla's
Third Place - $350 - Boofhead BBQ

Cattleman's Best Sauce (Vinegar)
First Place - $1,200 - Killer Hogs

Second Place - $600 - Cotton Pickin Porkers
Third Place - $350 - Fat Side Up

Cattleman's Best Sauce (Mustard)
First Place - $1,200 - Salty Rinse BBQ

Second Place - $600 - All Star Ten Pin Porkers
Third Place - $350 - Whole Hog Cafe

Frank's Red Hot Hot Wings
First Place - $1,500 - Uncle Murles BBQ

Second Place - $750 - Smoke Masters
Third Place - $500 - Half-Porked

Big Hog Run
First Place - $1,000 - Mike Page of Pages Pig Pew

Second Place - $750 - Kevin O'Sullivan of 10 Bones BBQ
Third Place - $500 - John Bailey of Greaseland Porkers
Fourth Place - $250 - Gary Saylors of R3 Que Team
Fifth Place - $100 - Chalmer Sanders of Sander Smoken Que

Ms. Piggie Idol
First Place - $2,000 - Chi Town Cookers

Second Place - $1,000 - Swinos
Third Place - $500 - VooDooQ

Home Depot Best Booth
First Place - $2,500 - All Star Ten Pin Porkers

Second Place - $1,250 - Boofhead BBQ
Third Place - $750 - Swine & Dine

Best T-Shirt
First Place - $1,000 - Bryce Boar Blazers

Second Place - $500 - Parrothead Porkers of Hogaritaville 
Third Place - $250 - Swine & Dine

PHOTO: Jack’s Old South after winning the Grand Championship and $30,500 at the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition. Photo Credit: Lawrence Hsia

Posted by Penelope Huston at Monday, May 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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Welcome to the 2016 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

235 competition teams. 22 States. 5 Foreign Countries. ONE GRAND CHAMPION.

The planet’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition, the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, fires up on May 12-14, 2016 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Teams will go grill-to-grill for the honor of being named World Champion and a chance at the largest prize purse in the history of the competition – $115,000, with the Grand Champion taking home more than $14,500. 

“We expect the growing intensity in master grilling to bring out the best of the best at this year’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.” Says Jim Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. “Both Memphis and the festival have received a lot of international praise for being the mecca of all things ‘cue and we know the 2016 competition will live up to all expectations.” 

The 2016 Memphis in May honored country of Canada is represented by Chef Rob Reinhardt of the Saskatchewan Smokers, who are bringing their “Eh” game and a lot of northern spiciness to the park, along with four other Canadian teams competing in the 2016 competition – including Memphis’ own Shawn Danko and Team Canada BBQ. Also bringing their best to the park this year are eight past Grand Champions, which adds more than a little spice to the mix. 

The Cattlemen’s Main Stage will provide the backdrop for more than just the barbecue awards. Miss Piggie Idol, Best T-shirt, Best Booth, and performers Cracker on Thursday, Tone Loc on Friday, and Jason D. Williams on Saturday will all take the stage during the three-day festival.

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with all its intense competition and outrageous fun starts Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and tickets are available via ($9 in advance) or at the main gate at Beale and Riverside during festival hours ($10). 

Camping World Cooker Caravan
The Cooker Caravan is free and gives the general public an intimate view of the barbecue contest and competing teams. The Cooker Caravan behind-the-scenes tour includes information on how the world’s best barbecue cooking teams produce prize-winning barbecue, a chance to see a variety of specialty grills and smokers, and tips on how to improve backyard grilling. Interested Cooker Caravan participants should meet between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May, 13 at the Camping World Cooker Caravan tent located in the middle of the park near the main judges tent to sign up for a time slot. The Cooker Caravan departs every 30 minutes.

Kingsford Tour of Champions
Want to judge the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest? Join the Kingsford Tour of Champions to taste and judge the best of the best in ‘cue.  Sessions are Thursday and Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. and tickets are an additional $12 per session. SOLD OUT. 

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 0 comments
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