Memphis is a city in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.
One of the largest celebrations the city has is Memphis in May. The month-long series of events promotes Memphis' heritage and outreach of its people far beyond the city's borders. There are four main events, the Beale Street Music Festival, International Week, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the Sunset Symphony. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is the largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the world.
Also held in May, rain or shine, is the Memphis Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The festival usually lasts 2 days and hosts musical performances, local artisans, and children's activities. However, the primary attraction at the festival is authentic Greek food and wine tasting.
During June, Memphis is home to the Memphis Italian Festival at Marquette Park. For over 20 years, the festival has hosted musical acts, local artisans, and Italian cooking competitions. It also presents chef demonstrations, the Coors Light Competitive Bocce Tournament, the Galtelli Cup Recreational Bocce Tournament, a volleyball tournament, and pizza tossing demonstrations.
Carnival Memphis, formerly known as the Memphis Cotton Carnival, is an annual series of parties and festivities in the month of June that salutes various aspects of Memphis and its industries. An annual King and Queen of Carnival are secretly selected to reign over Carnival activities. The African-American community staged a parallel event known as the Cotton Makers Jubilee from 1935 to 1982, when it merged with Carnival Memphis.
An arts festival, the Cooper-Young Festival, is held annually in September in the Cooper-Young district of Midtown Memphis. The event draws artists from all over North America, and includes art sales, contests, and displays.
No Protection Claimed the Union
The worker's union in Kellogg Company in Memphis has claimed that the company has failed to give its workforce protection for wages and current employee benefits. They further accused the company of having no future above-market wages plan for new employees. The company is under reconstruction in the Memphis area and many jobs have been lost recently. The negotiations between the company and labors failed and Kellogg locked out 226 employees. The company finally had a good deal in locking BCTGM at its Memphis plant.
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