MAIN STREET FESTIVAL RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN; XFINITY AS TITLE SPONSOR

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County is pleased to announce the return of Main Street Festival, scheduled for April 25-26 in Historic Downtown Franklin. With Xfinity as the annual event's title sponsor, organizers say spring's premier celebration will be bigger and better this year -- and to expect a full weekend of arts and crafts, music and dance, children's activities, food and fun.

With Main Street closed to traffic from First to Fifth Avenues, Xfinity Main Street Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Admission is free.

"We are thrilled to welcome Xfinity as the title sponsor of this year's event," said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation. "This is a relationship that has been developing for a while, and we are so happy that it has culminated in this title sponsorship. Franklin's reputation as a destination to shop, eat and play is a natural fit with Xfinity's entertainment brand. With their support, we are able to offer an even better lineup of entertainment for the whole family at the Xfinity Main Street Festival."

"We are proud to be the title sponsor for the 32nd annual Main Street Festival in Franklin," said Sara Jo Walker, Director of Public Relations for Comcast. "Comcast has been dedicated to investing in technology infrastructure in Franklin and Williamson County for many years, but this sponsorship underscores our ongoing commitment to the community as well."

The centerpiece of Xfinity Main Street Festival is a juried arts and crafts show featuring some 200 vendors with original and hand crafted wares. Original paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, leatherwork, and much more will be showcased on Main Street from First to Fifth Avenues. Arts and crafts will be on display from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, and again from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday

Free entertainment will be offered continuously on two stages. The Xfinity Stage on the Public Square will feature local bands playing a variety of genres: Indie, Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Gospel and more. Eric Heatherly and his "Goats of Kudzu" will headline a Saturday night street dance on the Public Square from 8:30 - 10 p.m. The Heritage Stage located on Fourth Avenue North will feature a variety of local dance groups, including the Ann Carroll School of Dance, Tommy Jackson's Rocky Top Revue and the Nashville Ballet. 

A beer tent on Fourth Avenue South will feature pub-style entertainment such as karaoke and corn hole. A kids' zone on Third Avenue South will offer a variety of inflatables, train and pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee jump and other activities for a small fee.

Returning this year is the very popular carnival component, located this year on Second Ave. N., on the Harpeth Square development site. Carnival activities kick off at 5 p.m. on Thursday. 

Off-site parking and shuttle bus service will be available at The People's Church on Hwy. 96 and Harlinsdale Farm on Franklin Road on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, off-site parking will be available only at Harlinsdale Farm. Shuttle service to downtown Franklin will be available for $1 per person per ride. Food, beverage, pets and non-folding strollers are not permitted on the trolleys.

For more information and a complete line-up of entertainers, visit franklinmainstreetfest.com.

About The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the historic resources in Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee. The Heritage Foundation produces eight event series and festivals each year to attract visitors to downtown Franklin and to promote the benefits of historic preservation. To learn more, go to www.historicfranklin.com.

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