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City of Memphis to host first annual GreenUp Memphis Festival

October 29, 2010

Mayor A C Wharton, the City of Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful will host a new GreenUp Memphis Festival celebrating things you can do to make Memphis both more eco-friendly and a more attractive place to live.

 Saturday, October 30, 2010

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

‘On The Green’ at S. Front Street

(Adjacent to the Memphis Farmers Market)

The festival is free to the public and will occur simultaneously with the Memphis Farmers Market.  More than 50 exhibitors will be on site as well as food, live music from the Overton High School Jazz Band, Memphis Youth Symphony, Orpheum Star Search and Foolish Pleasure.

 Mayor Wharton will be on hand to recognize the 50-plus community groups who pledged and conducted litter clean-ups and beautification projects in support of the festival.

“This festival is one more step in the right direction for making Memphis a greener, cleaner city” said Mayor Wharton.  “The simple act of caring for our environment makes a better place for many generations to come.  I applaud all of my city divisions and community partners for making this event a reality.”

“We are elated to help host this first annual festival in celebration of the Mayor’s commitment to sustainable practices,” said Eldra White, executive director of Memphis City Beautiful.  “Greener communities provide many benefits for us all as we strive for a better quality of life.” Memphis City Beautiful celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, as the first and oldest beautification commission in the nation.

Festival organizers hope to raise overall citizen awareness for environmentally sustainable initiatives, programs and efforts in the city and surrounding area.

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