Memphis music festival, barbecue cooking contest canceled

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and other “Memphis in May” events have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in the Tennessee city.

Both the music festival and the barbecue cooking contest are the cornerstones of Memphis’ monthlong tourist event.

The events had been pushed to late September and October in hopes that the pandemic would have slowed down. But cases and hospitalizations in Memphis have risen in recent days.

Organizers said the board of directors met Thursday and decided to cancel this year’s events.

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