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Rotarians prep for Rodeo Parade May 11

Franklin Noon Rotary Club announced recently that the 60th annual Rodeo Parade will take place at Saturday, May 11 at high noon. The parade winds through historic downtown Franklin and will end at Jim Warren Park.

Following decades of tradition, the parade will start at high noon on Highway 96 West in Franklin and will proceed eastward across 5th Avenue North and 4th Avenue North, turning right toward the Public Square on 3rd Avenue North, then right down Main Street, where onlookers can see some of the rodeo spirt of downtown merchants who decorate their store fronts. The parade will continue out West Main Street, turn right on 11th Avenue, then left on Boyd Mill Avenue and end at Jim Warren Park, a park that bares the name of one of the founding members of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club.

Organizers ask that parade participants register at by 8:30 a.m. May 11. This website will direct interested participants to the rules and regulations for free registration for both commercial and non-profit parade entries. Prizes will be awarded for first and second commercial and non-profit categories, and, as has been tradition, the Franklin Noon Rotary Club will support bands participating in the parade with financial contributions. Organizers request that individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring the rodeo contact the Bill Fitzgerald with the Franklin Noon Rotary Club at or 615-394-9292. According to the rodeo’s website, sponsorships begin at $1,000.

The Franklin Noon Rotary Club was chartered in 1948 by Judge Jim Warren, and counts among its founding members Dr. Harry Guffee, the Rev. Henry Moberly and Bill Miller. The rodeo has been the organization’s primary fundraiser since 1950, and raised more than $2 million to benefit everything from local high school bands to area medical schools.

The Franklin Rodeo is held the third weekend in May each year at the Williamson County Ag/Expo Center.

Posted on: 3/28/2013


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