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Klondike Smokey City Memfix – an outdoor community festival – is set for July 22

Klondike Smokey City will be the venue for the third event in the 2023 BLDG Memphis MEMFix series on Saturday (July 22).

The Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corporation will co-host the outdoor community festival, which is for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along four blocks of Jackson Avenue near N. Watkins Street.

Free and open to the public, the Klondike Smokey City MEMFix will include a history trail, a film screening and a beer garden. Attendees will also be able to receive health screenings and free haircuts.

Quincey Morris

“We are so excited to celebrate the legacy and culture of Klondike Smokey City with neighbors and friends in the larger Memphis community,” said Quincey Morris, executive director for the Klondike Smokey City CDC.

“Klondike and Smokey City are two of the oldest primarily Black neighborhoods in Memphis. This MEMfix will showcase what we’re doing to activate the power and potential of community redevelopment here.”

The 2023 MEMFix series is part of BLDG Memphis’ Community Navigator Pilot Program and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Launched in 2010, MEMFix is a tactical urbanism approach to neighborhood revitalization pioneered by BLDG Memphis. Community members use the events to bring attention to overlooked spaces, address neighborhood issues or demonstrate desired changes or improvements within a public or private space.

Approximately 40 vendors and businesses will participate in the Klondike Smokey City MEMFix, which will spotlight the area’s rich history with a Northside Hall of Fame and museum exhibits. New bus shelters, planter boxes and art installations are among the neighborhood improvements to be unveiled at the event.

Festival activities will include live entertainment, with radio legend Michael Adrian Davis serving as MC and DJ, a petting zoo, games and a kid’s zone.

(More information is available online at facebook.com/KSCCDC.)

 

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