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Franklin Rodeo window contest winners announced

Photos By Patty Bearden

Foyers and Beyond won first place for Downtown Franklin in the Franklin Rodeo Window and Porch Decorating Contest. (From left) Patty Bearden, Gene Dean and Donna Bishop.

The business communities in downtown Franklin, Leiper’s Fork and Cool Springs jumped into the saddle of the Franklin Rodeo spirit by participating in the annual Window and Porch Decorating Contest for the Franklin Rodeo.
John Watts, fine arts associate professor and fine arts gallery curator of eight years at O’More College of Design, judged the contest. Watts lived in New York City for four years decorating department store windows on Madison Avenue. 
Bales of hay, a live-horse display with a real cowboy, and live dog dressed in a cowboy hat and bandana adorned windows and porches throughout the communities.
And the winners are …
Downtown Franklin
First Place – Foyers and Beyond
Second Place – Convention and Business Bureau
Third Place – Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant
Leiper’s Fork
First Place – United Country
Second place – West and Company
Third Place – Country Boy Restaurant
Cool Springs
First Place – First Bank
Second Place – Signs By Tomorrow

United Country won first place in Leiper's Fork.
(From left) Cindy Garvey and Patty Bearden

First place winners will receive traveling trophy while all other winners will receive a plaque for their store. Items will be presented to the winners at the Noon Rotary meeting tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.

“The contest builds camaraderie between the rodeo and merchant’s of downtown Franklin, Leiper’s Fork and Cool Springs. The rodeo generates business to the downtown merchants and increases the visibility of the presence of the rodeo during the month of May,” Patty Bearden said, who is the community relations and marketing director for the Franklin Rodeo and Franklin Noon Rotary. 
“A great deal of thanks goes to all of our friends who participated in the contest and joined us in promoting the Franklin Rodeo and the community organizations that it serves,” Bearden said.

First Bank won first place in Cool Springs.
(From left) Patty Bearden and Ed Cagle.
Proceeds from the Franklin Rodeo benefit such causes as breast cancer awareness programs at Williamson Medical Center, Habitat For Humanity, high school music and arts programs, college scholarships and community youth organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club.  
Participating organizations include Bob Parks Reality, Cadence Bank, Convention Business Bureau, Country Boy, First Bank, Foyers and Beyond, Good Findings, Heirloom Shop, Lu Lu’s, Toy Store in Franklin, Town’s End General Store, Meridee’s Breadbasket, Puckett’s Grocery of Franklin and Leiper’s Fork, Serendipity, Signs By Tomorrow, United Country, West & Company, and the offices of the Williamson Herald newspaper and Southern Exposure Magazine.

Posted on: 5/15/2013


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