Re-Imagined Community Festival Celebrates Outdoors and Pet Companionship
The annual Thompson’s Station Fall Festival is being re-imagined this year to include a new theme and several pet-friendly activities and attractions: “The Dog & Pony Show” is set for Saturday, Sept. 28 in Thompson’s Station Park. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Thompson’s Station Community Association, which funds parks and recreation projects.
Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company, whose Global Innovation Center is currently being constructed in Thompson's Station, have partnered with Tractor Supply Company as co-presenting sponsors for this pet-friendly family event. The full-day festival will feature live music from the Main Stage—with national headliners The Wood Brothers and Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue—as well as dog agility trials, a dog-and-owner costume contest, pet adoptions and other activities hosted by Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company.
A Kids’ Zone sponsored by Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt will include face painting, pumpkin painting, games, a professional ventriloquist and more. Also a sponsor, The Tennessee Equine Hospital will host equine attractions at their facility overlooking the park. Garrett’s Hero 5K and Fun Run hosted by Outdoor Encounter will kick off the day's festivities. Other attractions include food and craft vendors, the annual Chili Cook-off and more. A complete schedule will be posted at a later date at Thompsons-Station.com.
Festival Chairman Heath Clark hopes the new name and unique mix of attractions will make for an especially memorable event. “We wanted to give this festival some fresh personality—some vintage-Southern-Americana mojo,” he said. “The ‘Dog & Pony Show’ theme is a little off-beat, a little quirky.”
A BENEFIT FOR LOCAL PARKS
The Dog & Pony Show Festival will showcase Thompson's Station Park, the crown jewel of Town Center and a point of civic pride for residents. Proceeds will support this park as well as future parks, trails and open space projects. Earlier this year, the Town announced its purchase of 104 acres of open space just north of Town Hall, comprising much of the scenic vista beyond the landmark red caboose. This keystone property is part of the Town's greater vision to secure a South Williamson County central park spanning several hundred acres, and featuring pedestrian and biking trails, historic battlefield and nature preserves and other passive uses.
The TSCA will also host a membership drive during the festival. TSCA president Liesa LaCroix said the charitable organization “has been very important to the town, and we want to invite more members of our community to be part of it.” Predating Thompson's Station's incorporation as a municipality, the TSCA has funded numerous projects, including the construction of the depot at Town Center and the installation of the train-themed playground in the park.
Mayor Corey Napier said he is pleased with the efforts to re-invigorate the festival and to engage the town’s growing populace and corporate citizens in quality-of-life initiatives. “We are thrilled to be partnering with key community players on this re-imagined festival that reflects our town brand,” he said.
“This event is a great opportunity to state and celebrate what Thompson's Station is about, and to showcase our aspirations as a sustainable, open and connected, wellness-oriented community.”
The Thompson’s Station Dog & Pony Show is set for Saturday, Sept. 28 in Thompson’s Station Park, located at 1513 Thompson's Station Road West. Sponsors include Mars Petcare & The Nutro Company, Tractor Supply Co, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Williamson Medical Center, the Tennessee Equine Hospital, Brasfield & Gorrie, First Farmers, Shaw Homebuilders, Ragan-Smith Associates, Shelter Insurance, Goodall Homes, Community First Bank & Trust, Lodge Cast Iron and media partner The Advertiser News.
Proceeds benefit the Thompson's Station Community Association (TSCA), a charitable organization that funds park projects. Opportunities are still available for sponsors, vendors and volunteers. To learn more or get involved, please call Town Hall at (615) 794-4333, visit Thompsons-Station.com or email email@example.com.
Posted on: 9/25/2013