The September edition of StreetFest is planned to show support for the Franklin High School Panthers before Friday night's football game against the Smoky Mountain Mustangs. In preparation for the first StreetFest of fall, Streets of Franklin, with support from Venture Local Franklin, decorated downtown this week with cornstalks, pumpkins and fall colors to make Friday night even more festive. Shop owners and visitors to downtown are encouraged to wear red to support the Franklin Panthers.
Friday night's StreetFest, which has been bumped up to start at 5 p.m., will give folks the opportunity to visit downtown and tailgate with great food and shopping from Main Street businesses, while enjoying free entertainment from local musicians, which will be split between two stages on both ends of Main Street.
One of the most exciting additions to Friday night's party is a performance by the newly-formed, Franklin High School Dance Team, to help kick off the event. According to the Dance Team coach, Jennifer Turner- Lynn, the girls are excited for a chance to perform at StreetFest.
The process for approving the FHS Dance Team started in May of this year and approved was given in July by the School Board. Tryouts were in August, and the team has been practicing for about three weeks. “We have been working very closely with the band and color guard, coordinating pregame performances and sideline dances.” said Turner-Lynn. “We are very excited about this new opportunity. With 21 dance members, we are excited about the talent and thrilled to see how the programs at FHS can work together to make this a great experience for our students. FHS is the only school sponsored dance team west of Hendersonville, so we are blazing a new trail and creating new traditions at FHS. We hope that having a dance team will be an additional element of support for our community and our athletic teams at FHS.”
Mill Creek Country Club generously donated the use of four sets of cornhole boards, which will be set up in the Town Hall parking lot for StreetFest-goers to enjoy in between snacks and shopping.
The party is growing this month and Streets of Franklin is excited to be expanding to Stewart Street to help April's Flowers on Main celebrate their one year anniversary. “We are planning to celebrate all day on Friday with refreshments,” said April Chastain, owner of April's Flowers. “We will have a drawing for a door prize and will have face painting for kids. I believe it is important to have these kinds of events because it supports our local business and gets people to visit the different shops in the Main Street area. I would like to thank all my wonderful friends for their love and support in the last year, it has been a dream come true. I have truly been humbled by all the people that have trusted me and allowed me to be their florist. Thanks again so much.”
In addition to expanding to Stewart Street to help support local businesses, Franklin's Farmer's market will have vendors set up at 6 p.m. Friday night to offer an opportunity to enjoy some of the best homegrown goods in the community.
This month's downtown block party will once again feature a Kids Zone with free arts and crafts for kids, which will also be moved along Stewart Street. With supplies donated from local businesses such as Franklin Art Supply, and free books for children from Read2Me, parents will have a safe place for kids to play while they do some downtown shopping.
Books Unlimited will feature local authors on Friday night, to give folks a chance to meet the creative minds behind some of the store's books. The authors will be available to meet people and sign books, which can be purchased at Books Unlimited.
Join Streets of Franklin and Venture Local downtown Friday night to “paint Main Street red” before the battle of Cowee Mountain kicks off in the Panther Pit.