Guide to The Franklin Main Street Festival 2014

Guide to The Franklin Main Street Festival 2014

The 31st annual Franklin Main Street Festival will be held next Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th of April in downtown Franklin.  Every year 130,000 plus people converge on Downtown Franklin for the annual festival put on by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. This annual April tradition is host to over 200 vendors showcasing various arts and crafts, entertainment stages with live music and demonstrations, an array of food vendors of all cuisines, and two amazing children's carnival areas. Here's the rundown on what to expect and do.

 This is always one of our favorite events of the year in Franklin and it is great to finally get back outside in the warmer weather to enjoy some festival time!  In years past the weather hasn't been so cooperative, but hopefully this year will bring amazing weather so we can enjoy one of the best events in Franklin.  Here's the rundown on what to expect and do. 

 

 

 

 

Exhibitors

More than 200 vendors from around the country converge on Downtown Franklin to present and sell their unique crafts and merchandise.  Some of the handmade work to be exhibited includes original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more. Each year the best exhibitors from several categories are crowned.  

In 2013, exhibitors competed for the title of Best Display, Best of Show, Fine Art & Mixed Media, Pottery & Glass, Jewelry, Photography & Art, Sculpture & Woodwork, and Sustainable Design.  Here's a list of the winners from last year: Best Display: Montgomery Market Best of Show: Wiesener Studios Fine Art & Mixed Media: 1st – Red Line Acoustics, 2nd- Innovative Woodwork, 3rd- Maurice Cook Pottery & Glass: 1st- Egenolf Creations, 2nd-Turning Wheel Jewelry: 1st- Kathy and Mariane Brennan, 2nd- Ann Finley, 3rd- Hardwear Designs Photography & Art: 1st- Natural Horizons Photo, 2nd- Bear Head Photography, 3rd- Mini  Art (Shoot, Create, Photo) Sculpture & Woodwork: 1st- Wiesener Studios, 2nd- Paul Egbert Sustainable Design:1st- Heiligenstein Character, 2nd- East Side Arts, 3rd - Shea Ingram Frames  

Live Music and Entertainment

There will be three stages set up running from 10am to 10pm!  This year again there will be everything from country to bluegrass, Irish Dancing to jump roping.  The music and entertainment lineup showcases some of Franklin's best, most unique talent and presents a great way to relax and spend the day. The First Tennessee (City Hall) Stage operates 9:45 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday and 12:15pm to 6 p.m. Sunday. At The Heritage Stage on 4th Avenue North, hours are 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and 12:30pm to 6 p.m. Sunday. At the Beer/ Wine Garden stage on 4th Avenue South,  hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and  noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Devonshires Headline Saturday Night Street Dance on Fourth Ave. N.  For decades The Devonshires have been entertaining audiences in cities and towns across the U.S. including San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Orlando and New York City.  Their impressive list of clientele includes Walt Disney World, Six Flags, General Electric, Freemont Street, Harrahs Casino, Honda of America, NASCAR, Clear Channel Communications, Blackrock Financial, The American Red Cross, Texas Roadhouse, The Hard Rock Cafe, The United States Navy, and the world famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa.  The Devonshires have performed with numerous rock legends such as Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, The Edgar Winter Group, Badfinger, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Temptations.

Saturday, April 27 

First Tennessee (City Hall) Stage

  • 9:45 a.m.  Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstars
  • 9:50 a.m.    Ribbon Cutting
  • 10:00 a.m. – Ann Carroll School of Dance
  • 11:15 a.m. – Columbia State’s  Commercial Entertainment Program Performers
  • 11:30 p.m. – Irish School of Dance
  • 12:00 p.m. – Franklin School of Performing Arts
  • 1:00 p.m. – Fellowship School of Dance
  • 2:00 p.m. – The Main Stage Music & Dance Studio Allstars
  • 2:45 p.m. – Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”
  • 3:45 p.m. – John England & The Western Swingers
  • 5:00 p.m. – Annabelle’s Curse

The Heritage (Fourth Avenue North) Stage

  • 10:00 a.m. – Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstar’s
  • 11:00 a.m. – Oak View Jump Rope Team
  • 11:30 a.m. – Moore Elementary “Eagle Force” Jump Rope Team
  • Noon  – Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass
  • 1:20 p.m. – County Line
  • 2:15 p.m. – Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
  • 3:30 p.m. – Jonas Litton
  • 4:40 a.m. – Ward-Thomas
  • 6:00 p.m. – Jackson Wells
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m. – The Devonshires – 4th Ave. Street Dance

Beer/ Wine Garden (Fourth Avenue South) Stage

  •  11:00 a.m. – Aaron Till
  • 1:15 p.m. – Dusty Hundley
  • 3:30 p.m. – Randy Moore
  • 5:45 p.m. – Jim Hayden
  • 7:30 p.m. – Dennis O’Rourke

Sunday, April 28 

First Tennessee (City Hall) Stage

  • 12:15 p.m.  Trademark
  • 1:15 p.m.  Praise Pickers
  • 2:15 p.m. Centennial High School Show Choir
  • 3:15 p.m. Williamson County “Jazz Rock Youth Group”
  • 4:30 p.m.  Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

The Heritage (Fourth Avenue North) Stage

  • 12:30 p.m. – Buck Sixx
  • 2:30 p.m. – Tayla Lynn
  • 4:30 p.m. – The Matte Gray Band

Beer/ Wine Garden (Fourth Avenue South) Stage

  • Noon – Nick Smith
  • 1:30 p.m. – Kira Small
  • 4:00 p.m. – Bomb Squad

  

Family & Kid's Activities

Looking for something fun for both the parents and the kids?  The Main Street festival doesn't disappoint.  While there is plenty for the parents (vendors, food, music, entertainment and more), the Kid's activities are some of the best of any festival.  In year's past, kids were amazed with multiple inflatable jump houses, rock climbing walls, a strap-in trampoline, full petting zoo and pony rides, as well as a full carnival with rides for the older kids.

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 Three designated food areas will offer a tasty variety of everything from roasted corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes to Polish sausage, Greek gyros and Asian and Mexican cuisines. And don’t forget the Southern fare: barbeque, burgers and hotdogs, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more will be offered.96191530.4oG67qEf.street021Medium

 

Make sure to mark your calendars, take lots of pictures, and share with us your votes for your favorite things at this year's festival.  It should be another wonderful festival, let's just hope we get some good weather this year!

 

 

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Festivals