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

WCBCC Judging Seminar Applications Available

Memphis in May International Festival will host their annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Judging Seminar on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee.

This seminar provides the only opportunity for barbecue enthusiasts to receive training and become qualified to judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which has been extended, for the first time in the contest’s history, to a four-day event to be held on May 17-20, 2017 in Tom Lee Park, in Memphis, Tenn.

“Every year we crown the World Champion of barbecue. That is a big responsibility and it takes real judges who know pork. This annual seminar is the only opportunity for individuals to become trained to judge at the legendary Memphis in May event in 2017” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May.

Topics to be covered at the barbecue judging seminar include: Memphis in May judging process and rules; the official meat categories; the scoring process; and blind, on-site, and final judging. Participants will sample barbecue from a competition barbecue team during simulated judging exercises.

Each year over 250 competition teams from across the country and around the world travel to Memphis to compete for the title of World Champion Barbecue Cooking Team. Last year we crowned renowned pitmaster, Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South for a record tying fourth win. The stakes will be high in 2017 for both of our four-time winners, Jack’s Old South and Big Bob Gibson, and for all competitors hoping to join them on our wall of champions.

The Championship Barbecue Judging Seminar is limited to the first 100 registrants, first come first served. All instruction materials and lunch are provided. Participants are encouraged to register now, as the seminar sells out each year. Registration is $85.00 per person and applications are available HERE. Registration closes Monday, November 14, 2016.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 0 comments
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Memphis In May Announces Staffing Changes

Memphis in May International Festival announced the promotion of Mack Weaver to Executive Vice President and CFO. In this new position, Weaver will have increased responsibility for the organization’s financial strategies and an expanded role in operational policies.

“Mack has played an instrumental role in the development of the organization and our success over the past 17 years. This promotion signifies his importance to the organization and his key role in our future strategy” states James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival.

Weaver began his tenure at Memphis in May in 1999 as director of finance. Subsequently, he has held progressively important positions with the organization, most recently serving as vice president of finance and CFO.

“When I first came to work with the organization, we had definite challenges,” states Mack Weaver, Memphis in May’s newly appointed executive vice president and CFO. “I am pleased to have been a part of the team that worked to remedy those challenges and place the organization on solid foundation. I look forward to helping build the future of the organization.”

The organization also announced the hire of Floyd Benson as its new Director of Operations. Benson previously worked for Memphis in May International Festival from 1995 through 2006, most recently as Program Manager with primary responsibility for concession programs and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Benson has spent the past 10 years working in diverse roles in the event and entertainment industry in Memphis and Little Rock, AR.

In making the announcement, festival President & CEO James L. Holt stated, “We are pleased to have Floyd rejoin the organization. He brings a wealth of entertainment and event operational knowledge and a great work ethic. The organization will benefit from his addition to our team.”

“Memphis in May is near and dear to my heart. I’ve spent over half of my professional career there,” says newly hired Floyd Benson. “Memphis in May is the best thing that happens in Memphis. I look forward to rejoining the organization and leading event operations.”

Benson will join the Memphis in May team beginning September 26. In his new role, he will have primary responsibility for event operations.

2017 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival: May 5-7, 2017
International Week: May 8–14, 2017
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 17-20, 2017
901Fest: May 27, 2017
Great American River Run: May 28, 2017

About Memphis in May
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contribute more than $88 million annually 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 to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For.

 

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Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 0 comments
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#MIMGARR Logo Receives Upgrade

The Great American River Run rounded out the new looks of May heading into the much-anticipated 2017 festival. After drawing more than 2,000 runners from over 30 states as a first-year event, there are BIG plans ahead for the 2017 #MIMGARR.

We hope you'll join us on Sunday, May 28, 2017 for another go around the streets of Memphis.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Monday, September 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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901Fest Shows Off New Look

After sharing an event day in 2016 with the Great American River Run, 901Fest is set to return in 2017 on Saturday, May 27. Lots of exciting programming elements will be revealed over the next couple of months, but festival-goers can be sure of more Memphis music, food and fun! 
Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 0 comments
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#WCBCC17 Logo Revealed

The sweet smell of BBQ will be drifting through the Memphis air during the middle of May once again in 2017.

The 40th anniversary of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will take place from May 17-20, 2017 at Tom Lee Park. It will be the first time the contest will span four days, with an extra evening of festivities open to the public in 2017.

Team applications for the pig deal will be available in November. Until then, feel free to share your favorite WCBCC memory with us on Facebook!

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Thursday, September 8, 2016 | 0 comments
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