Annual Main Street Festival celebrates its 25th year
The Tennessean, April 24, 2008
FRANKLIN — Like the budding of a dogwood tree, the carnival rides that are rising today at the future Bicentennial Park herald the arrival of the Main Street Festival.
Tomorrow, kids, adults and the young at heart can take a spin on the high-speed swings, check out the Franklin skyline atop the Ferris wheel and snack on corn dogs, popcorn and cotton candy as a prelude to this weekend's arts and crafts-centered fair.
On Saturday and Sunday, 200 Main Street Festival vendors will fill booths lined along Main Street from First to Fifth avenues, including the Franklin Square, and offer their handmade wares.
Shoppers can choose from woodwork, pottery, jewelry, metal work, stained glass, photography, original oil and watercolor paintings, leatherwork, birdhouses, home and garden accents and more.
All that shopping can make a body hungry. Stop in for lunch, dinner or a treat along the streets. Feast on roasted corn on the cob, stuffed baked potatoes, burgers and hot dogs, cinnamon-roasted nuts, ice cream, turkey legs, funnel cakes and kettle corn. There's also Polish sausage, Greek gyros, Asian and Mexican cuisine and Southern favorites such as fried-green tomatoes and barbecue.
Those who enjoy music, dance and the performing arts can get their fill among four stages. Acts range from acoustic duos, big band, pop music bands, jazz and blues and the Williamson County Youth Orchestra. Irish step performers, cloggers and square dancers to get toes tapping.
Want to be in the center of the action? The public is invited to get up and dance during the free Dancin' in the Street event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue.
In its 25th year, the free Main Street Festival is the year's biggest event for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association.