Memphis Caribbean Jerk Fest To Help Fight Sickle-Cell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - This weekend, you can get a taste of the Caribbean right here in the Mid-South, all while helping to fight a deadly blood disease.

The second annual Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival will take place Saturday, July15th, at Tiger Lane from noon to 10:00 p.m.

There will be live reggae music, food vendors, and even a raffle to benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee.

Organizer Alan Kirkpatrick was friends with Mark Walden, Local 24's former chief meteorologist who died of Sickle-cell disease in 2013. This event is Kirkpatrick's way of continuing the fight against Sickle-cell disease for people like Walden and Dr. Trevor Thompson, the founder of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee.

"With Mark Walden's contribution to the community through the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee and Dr. Thompson's contribution, we're honoring their legacy through this effort," says Kirkpatrick, who is also the president of Home Run Entertainment.

Tickets are currently available online for $15 or can be bought Saturday at the gate for $20. Kids 12 and under are free. 

To purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.


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