In the fall of last year, Franklin's Main Street Program (MSP) coordinator Linda Schlott ended her tenure with the town. Historically, one aspect of the Main Street coordinator position was to help facilitate cooperation between the town and events occurring on Main Street. As festivals and events began to grow downtown, as the Main Street coordinator, Schlott began taking on more and more responsibilities to ensure that festivals and events kept Main Street happening all year long.
When Schlott left her position with the town, she left a void in terms of festival planning and coordination. So much so, independent festivals are having to take a step back and regroup in order to have 2015 events, while others have been cancelled altogether.
Last month, news broke that after 11 years, the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County's annual Franklin Folk Festival would not be happening in 2015. The main factor cited by members of the FHAMC as to why there would not be a festival this summer, was due to the fact that the town no longer had a MSP coordinator to help independent festivals.