MAIN STREET FESTIVAL

MSF2014poster6Downtown Franklin’s 31st annual Main Street Festival will return April 26-27, 2014! The two-day weekend event will feature more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two kids’ areas and an international food court.

The free street festival begins Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fourth Avenue street dance continues until 10 p.m. Saturday night.  Activities will re-open Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The event is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors.

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.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show with more than 200 entries, the festival offers a special area of children’s activities on Third Avenue South between City Hall and the Old Courthouse.

ENTERTAINMENT
Free entertainment is offered continuously on three stages—the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square, the Heritage Stage on Fourth Avenue North and the Beer/Wine Garden Stage on Fourth Avenue South.

FOOD
Three food areas offer a tasty variety of everything from roast corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes, Polish sausage, Greek gyros, and Asian and Mexican cuisines.  Southern fare includes barbeque, burgers and hotdogs, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more.

TRANSPORTATION
To help manage traffic,  a shuttle service offered by the Franklin Transit Authority, with free parking at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road. Shuttle rides to the event are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniors. Both sites will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; only the Harlinsdale site will operate on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

SPONSORS:
Main Street Festival is presented by First Tennessee with major sponsors Hidden Valley, Kroger, Williamson Medical Center, The Grove, AT&T, Wyndham Resorts, Patterson Company, LeafFilter, and The City of Franklin, with supporting sponsors Fox 17, Clear Channel Radio, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M.,  Schroeder Chiropractic, Summerwinds Resorts, and FranklinIs.

The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event go towards the mission of each organization, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.

And here’s the entertainment line-up for 2014:

Saturday April 26
First Tennessee 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

4th 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 Tent 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 27,  2014
First Tennessee Stage
12:15 p.m. – Trademark
1:15 p.m. – Praise Pickers
2:15 p.m. – Williamson County “Jazz Rock Youth Group”
3:15 p.m. – Centennial High School Show Choir
4:30 p.m.  Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

4th Avenue North Stage
12:30 p.m. – Buck Sixx
2:30 p.m. – Tayla Lynn
4:30 p.m. – The Matte Gray Band

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

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.

For sponsorship information, contact nwilliams@historicfranklin.com

Arts and crafts vendors may apply through zapplication.org.  For questions or information contact revans@historicfranklin.com

School and community groups that would like to perform, contact nwilliams@historicfranklin.com

Professional bands, please apply through www.tneventinfo.com

For more information, see www.historicfranklin.com or call 615-591-8500.