Franklin Noon Rotary Club honors canceled rodeo with vehicle procession

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The Franklin Noon Rotary Club did not have its traditional Rodeo Week like it’s had for the past 70 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Instead, the club hosted a car procession Thursday in remembrance of what would have been the kickoff day for the 71st annual Franklin Rodeo. 

Club members still sported their rodeo best, including cowboy and cowgirl hats and boots. Many of the vehicles displayed plenty of Franklin Rodeo pride, including colorful signs and even a saddle on a truck tailgate. 

For Mark Tumblin, a Franklin Noon Rotary Club member, the fellowship with his other Rotarians was a highlight of the rodeo remembrance event.

“This is a good thing for us to be doing today,” Tumblin said. “Number one, to get together as a Rotary Club, because we’ve missed each other. Number two, to just signify the fact that the rodeo is an icon for Franklin. The Franklin Noon Rotary Club sticks together.”

The day was a bittersweet one for Tumblin, however, he has a positive prediction for next year’s Franklin Rodeo. 

“2021 will be the best year ever,” he said.

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