Harlinsdale Farm off limits for Main Street Festival
By Skip Anderson
There won’t be any ferris wheels at Harlinsdale Farm, or any other carnival staples for that matter, now that the Franklin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen declined an application to hold the annual Main Street Festival there April 27-28.
The request by the Heritage Foundation, the event’s organizer, for a one-time exemption to use the park as a festival site came about because nearby road construction makes it impractical to use its usual site downtown at Second Avenue and North Margin Street. The event would have violated the conservation easement for the Franklin Road property, prompting BOMA to decline the request.
It was a rare “no” handed down by the city to the non-profit group, whose primary goal is to protect the county’s historic resources.
“It’s kind of ironic,” said Nancy Williams, Downtown Franklin Association director. “We paid for a lot of the conservation at Harlinsdale. “But I understand, as it would be setting a precedent.”
Williams said the carnival component of the festival will likely take place either behind Dotson’s Restaurant on East Main Street, or across the street behind Landmark Booksellers.
“It’s just about the carnival,” Williams said. “The festival itself doesn’t change.”
She said Harlinsdale Farms will be used for overflow parking with a shuttle stop during the two-day event.
The Heritage Foundation is currently working with city officials to relocate its headquarters to the dilapidated “Old, Old Jail” building near downtown.
Other annual fundraising events for the Heritage Foundation include the mid-March Brew Fest and the Annual Dickens of a Christmas, which will take place for the 28th consecutive year come December.
Posted on: 3/28/2013