Photo Gallery | Organizers happy with turnout for Beale Street Music Festival
(WMC-TV) - The Beale Street Music Festival is over and despite the rain, cold temperatures, and the mud pit that formed at Tom Lee Park, organizers are happy with how the event unfolded.
The festival kicked off to a soggy start with Shannon McNally Friday evening and wrapped up late Sunday night with the Smashing Pumpkins.
Despite the rain and cool temps, music fans showed up in their rain boots, ponchos, and made the most of the annual festival.
Memphis In May officials estimate about 90,000 to 100,000 people showed up to the three-day festival but they will not have exact numbers until July.
Cleaning up of the park began as soon as the gates closed after the final concert Sunday night.
"Cleanup began last night as soon as the gates closed," said a Memphis In May spokesperson. "Working on getting everything back in shape and we will begin loading in for the barbecue cooking contest on Saturday. So we have to turn this park pretty fast."
She added, "Mother nature does a good job on her own, and as soon as we get through this little rain today [Monday], it looks like we're going to have warm temps and sunshine. We will bring in equipment to flatten it [the ground], and roll it and it will amazingly be back in shape and ready for barbecue."
Organizers say that that they are happy with the music festival's turnout despite the cold temperatures that made everything a bit more challenging.
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