Main Street Fest carnival finds a home
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
The 30th annual Main Street Festival will take place April 27-28.
The Ferris wheel and other carnival rides for the 30th annual Main Street Festival found a home, finally, at the silos property on First Avenue, the site of the former Lillie Mills flour factory that burned down in the 1950’s.
The Downtown Franklin Association will rent the sprawling grassy space, owned by Ronald Ligon, for the event. After a rollercoaster ride searching for the right carnival space, Nancy Williams, director of the Downtown Franklin Association, is relieved that the carnival will go on.
“We are very happy with the property. It is grassy, which the kids will enjoy, and located within easy walking distance of the festival and near a parking garage,” said Williams.
However, the rental property increased carnival costs by several thousand dollars compared to last year. “It's difficult to find a spot that size, and the land is valuable in Franklin,” said Williams.
The Downtown Franklin Association was forced to search for a new carnival spot– large enough to equip about 2-acres of rides –because of construction underway on the Third Avenue North extension near the carnival’s usual resting place on North Margin Street.
During the search for new property to house the rides, the association tried to secure an alternate location at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. But, the city declined the request because of a conservation easement on the property, which did not include hosting a carnival.
“That’s the nature of big events. There’s always something that comes up,” said Williams, who has planned the event for 15 years.
The free street festival will begin on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fourth Avenue Street Dance will continue until 10 p.m. Saturday night. On Sunday, the event will take place from noon to 6 p.m.
Franklin Transit Authority will run a shuttle service for $1 with free parking at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road.
Posted on: 4/4/2013