May musters a mix of traditions and newfound rituals throughout the region of West Tennessee. International barbecue competitions and music festivals line the banks of the Mississippi, and family-friendly carnivals and parades fill the streets of town squares of Humboldt and Jackson. Take advantage of the outdoors this month, rain or shine.
Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis will soon pack hundreds of tents. This year, nationally-acclaimed weatherman Al Roker will lead a team and compete against 250 teams in the 38th annual barbecue, and 53 of those will be in shoulder.
Inaugural Great American River Run – Memphis
(Credit: Memphis in May)
The inaugural 5K and half-marathon run on Memorial Day Weekend will take runners and walkers along the mighty Mississippi River and throughout Downtown Memphis. Both races are designed for all participants from elite racers to families. The event pays tribute to our past and present servicemen and women through the Wounded Warrior Project, which will receive a portion of registration funds and individual participant fundraising pages.
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival – Humboldt
The town of Humboldt welcomes an 80-year "tradition like no other" from May 1-7, featuring family-friendly activities from live music and art shows to a carnival and fireworks. Participants may join in performances from the beauty pageant to the 5K walk/run. The tractor and car shows will additionally draw a crowd!
Crown Winery's Wine Down & Beer Up – Humboldt
(Credit: Crown Winery)
The springtime wine and music lineup features regional and national artists. Wind down at the beautiful Crown Winery, located on a hill outside the town of Humboldt in Gibson County. On the evening of May 13, you can listen to acoustic band Kimberlie Helton & Eric Wood.
Buford Pusser Festival -- Adamsville
(Credit: Buford Pusser Home & Museum)
The famous "Walking Tall" sheriff is honored with a festival May 20 that includes live music, food, a car show, and more family fun. Pusser led a violent and successful campaign against moonshiners, prostitutes, organized crime figures and gamblers. He became a local legend and gained dangerous enemies for his methods of law enforcement. You can learn more about the legend at the Buford Pusser Home & Museum in downtown Adamsville.