Don’t miss Saturday’s Franklin Rodeo Parade, kicking off rodeo week


Don’t miss Saturday’s Franklin Rodeo Parade, kicking off rodeo week

By BROOKE WANSER

On Saturday at noon, hundreds will march through the streets of downtown Franklin as part of the annual rodeo parade, a precursor to the Franklin Rodeo.

Founded in 1949, the Franklin Rodeo, which runs May 17 – 19, brings over 18,000 fans each year. It features PRCA professional cowboys and WPRA cowgirls who compete in nationally sanctioned events.

The rodeo was founded by the Franklin Noon Rotary club, spearheaded by Dr. Harry Guffee, Ed Moody, John and Preston Fowlkes and Bob Corley at a time when few had ever seen the western event.

Now, the Franklin Rodeo has become one of the longest running events in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest rodeos east of the Mississippi. It raises money for Rotary charities and projects.

Beginning at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Bridge Street, the parade route with go north up Bridge, circle around town square and through Main Street, finishing on Boyd Mill Avenue.

The rodeo kicks off on at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, with a kickoff party at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

The free event includes a meet and greet with the cowboys, live music, line dancing, food trucks, and pony and mechanical bull rides.

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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