Memphis In May Announces 2021 Plans for Beale Street Music Fest and WCBCC

Memphis In May Announces 2021 Plans for Beale Street Music Fest and WCBCC

Today, Memphis in May announced that the 2021 Beale Street Music Festival is postponed again until 2022, but the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is still on for May 12-15, 2021, with adjustments.

Their Tweet regarding Beale Street Music Fest 2021 reads as follows:

"Due to the continuing threat of COVID 19 within the presence of large crowds, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Beale Street Music Festival. We gave it our best shot but found we could not replicate the festival at the level our fans and followers are accustomed to experiencing. Our top priority has always been and continues to be the health and safety of our fans, performers, volunteers, staff and the general public."

They plan to move the event to May 2022.

As for World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the organizers say that:

"World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will proceed as planned May 12-15, 2021 with strict COVID19 protocols in place. The World Championship will be somewhat different and possibly smaller with capacity restrictions that may be in place at that time. Team applications are now open."

The Great American River Run is also on for Memorial Day Weekend 2021 with COVID19 protocols and staggered start times for runners.

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I wish the Memphis and May committee would rethink this and have a corporate sponsored, televised, concert instead. I have no doubt that ABC, NBC, Fox, or CBS would jump at the idea of airing a two hour musical event. It would shine the spotlight on Memphis, and open the door for future televised events, while offering an alternative for the in person music fest. There could also be a spotlight on the BBQ Championship too. It's way past time to take this event to another level and stop being mediocre.
January 2, 2021 9:52am